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Living Connected, Leading Change Through Sponsor A Player

Oct. 24, 2017

By Allen Haddad

Just the other day, I came across an interesting article on our college’s web site titled “Stories of Leadership from Successful Alumni“ featuring young alum like our own Brad Bormann ’14 #66 and their perspectives on leadership, success, risk and failure. The common thread woven through their experiences reflects the power of Living Connected, Leading Change.

Their collective thoughts in the context of Lafayette’s vision reminded me of a sermon given in 1855 by the Reverend Henry Melvill wherein he said: “We cannot live for ourselves alone. Our lives are connected by a thousand invisible threads, and along these sympathetic fibers, our actions run as causes and return to us as results.”

So, why is “Ol’ #75” telling you all this on our Friends of Lafayette Football (FoLF) web site? Because, for 10 years, Living Connected, Leading Change and leadership have been the basis of our Sponsor a Player (SAP) program.

To date, over 300 football alum, friends and parents have served as player sponsors for our incoming freshmen football players thus reinforcing the invisible Maroon Thread that runs through us all while providing vital resources for our Leopards on the gridiron. Through SAP, supportive and caring connections with our Leopard sons and their families evolve upon graduation into life long friendships with our newly minted Leopard brothers.

Building on the importance of Lafayette’s great football traditions, SAP is exemplary in providing alumni leadership for the oldest, most active, most connected and most benevolent fraternity at Lafayette College; our Lafayette Leopards’ Football program. How important is this? Consider that there is no other event in the life of our college that brings together more students, alum, friends, families and community for a single purpose than a home football game at Fisher Stadium.

Click to see the 2017 Sponsor A Player donors.