What makes a good leader? How can you best support your teammates? And how can you commit to getting “that much better?”
Kicking off the Athletic Leadership Program, Cushing welcomed guest speaker Eric Kapitulik, a former athlete with the U.S. Naval Academy, a former Force Reconnaissance Marine, and CEO of “The Program,” a company which provides leadership development for athletic, educational, and corporate organizations.
In an all-school assembly, Kapitulik recounted what it was like to survive a harrowing helicopter crash in the Pacific Ocean in which six marines lost their lives in a training mission. Since that day, he has dedicated himself to helping others, including the children of his fallen men, by raising scholarship money through extreme athletic competitions. And since founding “The Program,” Kapitulik has helped hundreds of “teams” focus on effective leadership and dealing with adversity.
Kapitulik focused on The Program’s ethos: To be good leaders and be good teammates, and to prepare oneself every date to fill either role. “Good leaders do two things – they accomplish their mission and they take care of their people. As good teammates, you set a very high standard for yourself and you demand and help your fellow teammates to reach that same high standard.” He stressed that this does not only apply to athletic pursuits but social ones as well. Kapitulik urged students to focus on preparedness, which is what gives us an opportunity for victory. “At The Program, our definition of hard work is this, ‘We do one more.’ Find out what your ‘one more’ is as an individual and as a team and make a commitment to do it every day.”
In addition to his motivating address, Kapitulik held an early morning Platoon PT session with faculty, small group discussions with administrators and staff, and team building exercises with Cushing athletes. “One of the most rewarding parts of the afternoon sessions was seeing our athletes come together as the Cushing Athletic Department – not just as individual sports teams,” said Bill Troy, Co-Director of Athletics. “This was a great way to kick off the Athletic Leadership Program. But more than just in athletics, Eric’s message resonated with all members of the Cushing community.”
For more information on Eric Kapitulik visit: http://www.theprogramathletics.com/