Es­pe­cially for Ath­letes vis­its MMHS to in­spire ath­letes

Serve Daily - - BUILDING COMMUNITY - By Lana Hiskey

Es­pe­cially for Ath­letes ( E4A) is a move­ment specif­i­cally de­signed to in­spire ath­letes and those with whom they as­so­ciate to max­i­mize their ath­letic po­ten­tial and use their tal­ents and so­cial in­flu­ence to as­sist and lift oth­ers.

E4A is seek­ing to build a cul­ture of ath­letes fo­cused on chang­ing lives through bet­ter use of the at­ten­tion and in­flu­ence they ac­cess.

Founder Dustin Smith said, “We all ex­pe­ri­ence dif­fer­ent lev­els of at­ten­tion dur­ing our lives and mo­ments when our ac­tions have greater reach and po­ten­tial for in­flu­ence. For ath­letes, that at­ten­tion is of­ten times mag­ni­fied, which brings about an even greater re­spon­si­bil­ity and op­por­tu­nity. E4A refers to that ex­tra level of at­ten­tion as the ‘Sport Light.’”

“The Es­pe­cially for Ath­letes pro­gram is some­thing we firmly be­lieve in as an ath­letic depart­ment at Maple Moun­tain High School,” said MMHS Ath­letic Di­rec­tor Dave Boy­ack. “The ideas pre­sented by Dustin Smith are things we want ev­ery stu­dent ath­lete in­volved in on a daily ba­sis here. We know that as a group we can make a dif­fer­ence. Our kids are ex­cited to be a part of this. We will keep our eyes up. We will do the work.”

“Es­pe­cially for Ath­letes (E4A) is a pro­gram that brings ath­letes of all ages, back­grounds and de­mo­graph­ics to­gether with a com­mon goal of us­ing the at­ten­tion and op­por­tu­nity sports pro­vide to bet­ter the cul­ture of the school ex­pe­ri­ence for all. Through a curriculum that com­mits ath­letes to­ward im­proved ex­cel­lence on the field or court, in the class­room and com­mu­nity and in the hall­ways at school, the E4A mem­bers are ad­dress­ing se­ri­ous is­sues like sui­cide preven­tion, anti-bul­ly­ing, cheating, drug abuse, sports­man­ship and in­clu­sion of oth­ers. Maple Moun­tain has seen the pro­gram take off at their school and oth­ers Nebo schools such as Span­ish Fork High, Springville High and Springville Ju­nior High have joined in bring­ing the pro­gram to their stu­dents. All have re­ported hav­ing ex­pe­ri­enced an ex­tremely pos­i­tive re­sponse from the kids,” Smith said.

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