Rally for sports and 25

Athletic department to help celebrate 25 years of NDPMA on August 16 with prominent motivational speaker and special outdoor "meet the teams" rally.

Notre Dame is planning to host a special day to showcase its athletic program to help kick off the 2019-20 school year, which also represents the 25th anniversary of the school.

On Friday, August 16, the school will be inviting students, coaches, parents, alumni and friends to a special "pep rally" event that will feature inspirational talks from Rob Miller, an internationally recognized educational-athletics expert specializing in coaching, team-building and leadership. 

"Coach Miller's discussions will be followed by a 'community meet the team rally,' which will involve introductions of each fall athletic team, including CYO teams, on Kozyra Alumni Field," said Betty Wroubel, Notre Dame's director of athletics. "We're also excited that the rally will feature performances by the Notre Dame band, dance team and sideline cheer team."

Wroubel said the main objective for holding a school-wide pep rally to start the school year is to build a greater sense of community and school spirit with everyone involved in the athletic program.

Aaron Crouse, NDPMA's assistant athletic director, adds that coaches, parents, athletes, staff and students will all be part of making the event successful. 

"Also, one of the athletic department's themes for the upcoming school year is '31 Programs, One Team,' emphasizing that we all support Notre Dame regardless of which specific team you may be involved in," he said. "We also think this rally is a good way for us to highlight our 25th anniversary as a school."

Miller, who is representing Proactive Coaching LLC, an organization that works with coaches and teams to help create character-based team cultures, will conduct two sessions for those on hand Aug. 16, the first of which will be for students in grades 8 and up. The second session will be tailored for the parents of student-athletes. Miller also serves as the commissioner of the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference (WHAC), with member colleges and universities located in Michigan, Ohio and Indiana.

He says he's looking forward to Notre Dame's special day.

"My discussion for the students is titled, 'Students: Making Choices that Help you Reach Potential,'" said Miller, who's on the road in the U.S. and Canada more than 130 days a year. "I will tell the kids and any coaches who may be present that they should have standards, not rules. And the clearer those behavioral standards are defined, the better chance athletes will rise to them. In order for individual athletes and teams to reach their potential they must have clearly identified expectations for team behaviors. This presentation will clearly define the following characteristics in age-appropriate terms: discipline, teachable spirit, mental toughness, accountability, integrity, selflessness, pride and humility."

Miller said the parents' portion of his presentation will be direct and to the point. 

"It is designed to be a like a straightforward message from the student-athletes themselves to their parents about how adults can help their athletic performance, create good memories and demonstrate respect from the perspective of young people," he said. "We also will address issues that may occur before, during and after any game or competition."

While the event is tailored to current students and parents of Notre Dame, Crouse says anyone who is part of or has been part of the Notre Dame community is welcome to attend, especially the 6:30 p.m. pep rally.

"It hopefully will provide a nice change of pace from our typical beginning-of-the-school-year parent meeting," he said. "We think it's important to start the year this way and bring all of our teams together at the beginning of the school year. We hope to continue and build on this event every year going forward."

The schedule for the August 16 event is as follows. . .

2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the NDPMA cafeteria —
Coach Rob Miller presentation to all NDPMA students in grades 8 and up

5 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the NDPMA cafeteria —
Coach Rob Miller presentation to all NDPMA parents

6:30 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. on Kozyra Alumni Field —
Community Meet-the-Team Rally: All NDPMA students, parents and alumni are welcome.

Comments or questions? mkelly@ndpma.org.

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About Notre Dame 
Notre Dame is a private, Catholic, independent, coeducational day school located in Oakland County. Notre Dame Preparatory School enrolls students in grades nine through twelve and has been named Michigan's best 50 Catholic high school three of the last four years (Niche.com). Notre Dame's lower and middle schools enroll students in pre-kindergarten through grade eight. All Notre Dame schools have been authorized by International Baccalaureate as "World Schools" and the entire institution is conducted by the Marist Fathers and Brothers. It is accredited by the Independent Schools Association of the Central States and the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement. For more on Notre Dame, visit the school's home page at www.ndpma.org