Coach to Cure MD
This year marks the 10th anniversary of Coach To Cure MD. Coach To Cure MD is a partnership between the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) and Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy (PPMD). The AFCA was drawn to this cause because of the unique parallels between Duchenne muscular dystrophy, a disorder which robs young men of precious muscle strength, and football, a game where young men are at the peak of their muscular strength.
On Saturday, September 30, coaches nationwide will take the field wearing Coach To Cure MD patches on their sleeve to raise awareness of the disorder and raise money to fund research to discover a cure.
As coaches, we talk about winning the battles on Friday nights and Saturday afternoons, but our battles pale in comparison to those fought every day by the young men afflicted with this disorder and their families. We teach our players to fight through adversity, deal with setbacks, and overcome obstacles to help prepare them for life. We hold our upperclassmen accountable to set a good example through the trials and tribulations they encounter on and off the football field.
In the vast majority of cases, the challenges and adversity our players endure pale in comparison to the monumental task of confronting Muscular Dystrophy. Those who do fight it, and the parents and families of those children, often set the most extraordinary example of courage and commitment in the face of such a daunting opponent.
In their honor, and with the utmost hope and prayer those families are granted relief and a cure, I’ll be wearing my patch, and contributing to “Coach to Cure MD,” this weekend and encourage you to do the same.
You can visit http://www.parentprojectmd.org/ to become more involved or click on the clipboard below to donate directly!