Photos of scholar-athletes at Lacamas Lake Lodge to talk about servant leadership

Posted: September 25, 2017

JOY and HOPE are intimately connected and are powerful gifts we can give our students, perhaps the most powerful! One of the very best parts of being involved in public education is the JOY and HOPE students give us each and every day! The past few years we’ve featured stories that highlight the HOPE and JOY in our district. Let me know if you have any story suggestions. Thanks for helping us share the HOPE & JOY each week!

This edition of HOPE/JOY was guest authored by Stephen Baranowski and Dean Strawn. Have a fantastic week!

Servant Leadership

Last week, 52 student athletes came together at the Lacamas Lake Lodge to talk about servant leadership. Our athletes are in an awesome position to learn and grow, from their respective experiences, the value of giving back to their community. This first CSD summit experience helped to bring about a foundation for our athletes to begin the process of seeing themselves as servant leaders. The students explored the question “what do Camas athletics stand for” with the intent of developing a set of covenants that would guide all Camas athletics. Our students and coaches represent all of us in a very public way. They take great pride in that responsibility and want to grow in the way they give back to a community that provides them with so much support.

STUDENT QUOTES – “This was an awesome day! We learned that we need to shift our thinking and find ways to give back and lead. We also realize that there are a lot of benefits to playing sports and that we can positively influence others by the way we show our positive character.” Tre Carlisle
“I loved being selected for this because my teachers and coaches see me as a leader and being a part of this day showed me that how I conduct myself can have a big influence on my peers.” Courtney Clemmer

COACH QUOTE – When asked why we are choosing to invest in student leadership, two things come to my mind:

  1. When I was growing up, leadership wasn’t viewed as a skill that could be attained… you either had it or you didn’t. Thankfully there has been a paradigm shift since that time. Leadership is now viewed as a skill that can be taught/learned. So…
  2. If leadership is a skill that can be learned – why wouldn’t we teach it? Leadership skills are the most relevant, real-life skills we can be preparing our student athletes with to help them become functioning members of society. We don’t want to limit the opportunity to become a leader to the few that it comes naturally to when we can give those skills to all of our student athletes. –Matt Grunwald, Liberty MS Track, Cross Country, and Basketball Coach