(speech given by Coach Freimuth on December 14, 2010)
The Robert Fiondella Leadership Council meets three times during the school year, September, December and April. The goal of the Council is to help the student-athletes improve their leadership skills not only on the playing fields, but in the classroom and in the community. Besides attending the three conferences the students also participate in the annual United Way Day of Caring. The speaker at the December 14, 2010 breakfast meeting was Coach Robert Freimuth Varsity Baseball Coach at Plainville High School and winner of 5 state championships.
Coach Freimuth talked about some of the players he has coached who went onto careers in the NFL, major League Baseball and the Secret Service. The one common thread that all these formers players had was great leadership skills. He then went on to give the students what he thought those leadership skills entail.
Coach Freimuth’s message was well received by the student-athletes and gave them plenty of food for thought. The students then engaged in a very lively discussion involving ethical situations in sports. Each student was presented with a paper weight in appreciation of their participation in the program. The paper weight is engraved with the mantra for the leadership program since its inception “IF IT IS TO BE IT IS UP TO ME”. A new group of future leaders will begin the program in April 2011.