Coach Padgett '01 Reflects On All-Star Experience
The Indiana Football Coaches Association hosts an annual all-star game each summer to recognize the top players and coaches in Indiana. This year, Coach Kyle Padgett '01 was selected to serve as an assistant coach for the South Team. The players and coaches spend a week together preparing for the game, and for many it is this experience that is the highlight of the week. We asked Coach Padgett to give us a glimpse:
As I reflect on this week, I have a profound appreciation for being a part of something bigger than the game. Yes, this week has brought players and coaches from all over the state together for an all-star game. But more importantly, it has brought together young men, on the cusp of adulthood, to benefit from a unique experience.
We have practiced, eaten, shared stories, and bonded together for a week. We took trips to Camp Riley and the Indiana Hall of Fame together. While at the Hall of Fame, the players had the opportunity to learn about Indiana’s great history of football—it is one of only three Football Hall of Fames in the United States! At Camp Riley, we spent an evening with the campers. What I witnessed there will be with me forever. I saw 100 young men set aside their egos to bring joy to those children. The smiles on the campers’ faces were priceless, and I was proud to be a part it.
As part of the IFCA All-Star week, Coach Kyle Padgett visited the plaque for Coach Ken Leffler at the Indiana Football Hall of Fame.
One of the many inspiring takeaways from this week has been realizing the amount of respect that coaches from around the state have for Scecina Memorial Football. This respect isn’t just for our play or our success on the field; it is for the efforts of Ken Leffler (Scecina Head Coach 1969-1988), who helped found the Indiana Football Coaches Association (IFCA).
The IFCA was instrumental in founding the Football Hall of Fame. They also organize and sponsor the annual North-South All-Star Game. The experience that these young men and coaches enjoy each year is a direct result of Coach Ken Leffler’s efforts—the efforts of one of our own. This is why I consider myself fortunate to be a Crusader. I am honored to be a part of this great game and to represent our great school and the east side community.
Coach Kyle Padgett '01
Posted on Fri, July 18, 2014
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