View Full Version : Choctaw football with 'informational, motivational' visit to Special Forces

Dog Pound Zulu
10-09-2013, 15:33

EGLIN AFB – Interested in putting their football players
through a team-building exercise, Choctaw High School
turned to the ultimate team on Sunday.
In an event that came about after an idea was passed
along by the parents of football players, Choctaw’s 4-2
football team was the guest of the Army’s 7th Special
Forces Group (Airborne) on Sunday morning. Taking a
tour of the facility and hearing personal testimonies
from the soldiers, athletes at Choctaw were able to learn
first-hand the physical and mental strength it takes to
belong to the Army’s special forces, knowledge that
could be invaluable to a football team in the midst of a
long season.
“I think it was very successful,” said Choctaw principal
Cindy Gates, who accompanied the team on its visit.
“Those guys all had incredi-ble stories that they shared
with our kids. I think our kids were able to see that in an
environment like this, when one team member fails, the
whole team fails. That is a very valuable lesson.”
The Indians, who have won four games this season after
a 3-7 campaign in 2010, will host East Gadsden at 6 p.m.
on Friday. For head coach Greg Thomas, Sunday’s visit
was a way for players to gain a new perspective.