It’s a win-win situation. Varsity athletes #sharethewell by teaching, coaching, and guiding their Lower School counterparts in both football and cheer.
Mustangs in Training is a new program at Mount Vernon, introduced just this fall. This athletic initiative is a way to introduce students in grades 1-4 to a variety of sports, respective to each season (fall, winter, spring). For an hour and a half on six Saturdays this season, varsity athletes and Lower School students will take over the Mustang football field as they practice before each game. With official uniforms on their way for both football players and cheerleaders, our littlest Mustangs will play their first game on Saturday, September 24 at 9:00 a.m.
Athletic Director Brad Dehem initiated the Mustangs in Training program after realizing success in a similar endeavor at his previous school in Columbus, Georgia.
Coach Dehem shares the following, just after the very first Mustangs in Training ‘workout’.
“I was heavily involved in running all the aspects of both football and cheer. Using varsity players and varsity cheerleaders as coaches was a last minute decision, and it turned out to be a great move. Seeing the interaction between the Upper and Lower School students sealed the deal that it was going to be an impactful program beyond just football and cheer. After just one practice at MV, I can already see that it will be successful.”