Leopards' Take Time To Learn Off The Field
Aug. 14, 2008
EASTON, Pa. - As the Lafayette football team moved forward with its preseason camp schedule, players were given an opportunity to receive valuable instruction away from the playing field on Thursday morning. The Leopards welcomed back former player Dr. Jarrod Spencer '96 to talk to the players about goal-setting and the responsibilities they face off the field.
Dr. Spencer is an executive coach, professional speaker and sport psychologist who travels the country working with some of the countries most well-respected companies, schools and community groups.
For the past five years, Dr. Spencer has been working as a consultant to Lafayette College where he works with administration, staff, coaches and student-athletes from all 23 of its varsity sports teams. After spending his undergraduate years as a student-athlete on the Lafayette football and wrestling teams, Dr. Spencer enjoys being able to come back to share his expertise with young adults.
"It's always a privilege to be able to come to Lafayette," he said. "With the experience to complement the knowledge, it's easy to want to come here and help young people."
Dr. Spencer's talks focus mainly on alcohol awareness and sexual assault awareness with the hope that he can help student-athletes make the proper decisions.
"If we can help them increase their goal-setting, we believe that will lead to fewer poor choices off the field," he said. "We want to empower the student-athletes with the skills and abilities to make better choices in relationships."
Head coach Frank Tavani says his players have responded well to Dr. Spencer's message.
"Jarrod has done a good job with our student-athletes over the years," he said. "It's a serious issue and you try to do everything you can to prevent and avoid these very serious situations. It's an age-old problem that has now been brought to the forefront and hopefully we're making an impact."
After the morning meetings, players returned to the practice field for an afternoon session. Their day will conclude with evening meetings before returning to their two-a-day practice schedule on Friday. All practices are free and open to the public.
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