On-Going Gridiron

Gridiron dinners are a long-standing tradition at Central Catholic High School. Each week, the football family and other "athletic supporters" gather on the practice field for dinner and socializing. This is a great way to meet other CC parents and program supporters. The meals are hosted by individual families, business or school organizations. (This week's dinner was hosted by the Booster's club.) Appetizers and beverages at 6:00, Dinner at 7:00 and Chalk Talk at 8:00. After dinner (and raffle) everyone is invited into the locker room to talk about the previous week's game, the upcoming game, injury and scouting reports. There is usually a highlight film shown as well. I always encourage new parents to attend. Even if your boy doesn't play football... these are the parents of his soon to be friends, or if you have a daughter, these are the parents of the boys she'll be dating. It's important to get to know each other... quickly. The time goes so fast. This is my first and maybe only Gridiron for the season. Starting next week I'll be teaching a Catechism class on Wednesday nights so I won't be available. (More on that later.) It was great to see so many familiar faces but I was really struck by the new families in attendance. There were so many people that I didn't know which should probably make me a little sad, but I was actually so happy to see that the tradition continues. I have always stated that it is a privilege to be involved in the football program at CCHS. I didn't take a moment for granted. I wish I could express that emotion to all of the new families so that they realize early just how extraordinary this experience is and will be...

But they'll figure it out soon enough.