This past weekend the Athletes in Action Sports Complex hosted over 80 football players from Mason High School. Across the three day camp coaches and players alike saw a new side of the Mason football team. Centered around the theme of unselfishness and unity, players began to come together and grow as a team. The team ended each practice on one knee surrounding head Coach Castner. Coach Castner took this time to reflect on practice, sharing the areas where he saw success and those that needed improvement, but no practice ended on the topic of football fundamentals. With an audience of over 80 wornout players, Castner always took the time to speak on how football is just a part of developing as a well-rounded individual. Practice did not conclude without the players hearing the importance of their character on the field… and off.
On the final full day of camp players competed in the famous ‘Green Line Challenge.’ Once they were split up into teams they had to work together to get a variety of equipment, as well as themselves, across the field without touching the turf. Many creative approaches were attempted, some teams were able to find success while others had to take time to regroup. It didn’t take long for communication, teamwork, and unselfishness to become an integral part of the strategy for the winning teams. After every team had finished the coaches directed a time of reflection for the team as a whole. When the winning teams were asked to share what led to their success a senior leader shared that during the challenge “everybody respected everybody.” This comment was met by Coach Castner saying “that’s beginning to sound like unity.”
The Mason football team is looking to build off the progress made during camp as they approach the season. Without question unselfishness will be crucial for team unity on and off field in the coming months.