Playing like champions with the Notre Dame Prep Saints

Notre Dame Prep football (submitted photo)

Notre Dame Prep football (submitted photo)

Notre Dame Preparatory of Scottsdale will host a coaching clinic in collaboration with the University of Notre Dame’s Play Like a Champion Today Character Education Through Sports program this Saturday, March 5.

Notre Dame Prep as hosted Play Like a Champion clinics since 2011. Notre Dame Prep is located 9701 E. Bell Road in Scottsdale.

Monica Barrett, Notre Dame Prep athletic director, welcomes the opportunity to continue to work with Play Like a Champion.

“Play Like a Champion sees coaching as a form of ministry, and challenges coaches to develop the whole person: physically, mentally, and spiritually,” Ms. Barrett stated in a press release. “We are thrilled to continue working with this program that challenges the ‘must-win mentality’ currently draining the fun and developmental potential from sports participation.”

The clinic is to be:

  • Friday and Saturday, March 4-5, at Notre Dame Prep
  • Athlete Leadership Session: 6-8 p.m. on Friday, March 4 in the Notre Dame Prep Library

Winning-at-all-cost coaching, sports specialization, and parent “sports rage” are eroding the culture of sports today. The Play Like a Champion Today program is designed to provide children and adolescents with the highest quality sports experience possible, the release stated. Drawing on the research of developmental and sport psychologists, as well as the expertise of members of the Notre Dame coaching staff, Play Like a Champion helps make sports more safe, fun, and developmentally enriching.

By partnering with Play Like a Champion, Notre Dame Prep is continuing its record of excellence in coaching with a champion philosophy. Play Like a Champion Today program director Kristin Sheehan will join Ms. Barrett and NDP Head Football Coach Mark Nolan on March 5 to lead the clinic at the school.

Coach Nolan and Ms. Barrett will also receive training in how to conduct the Parent Like a Champion workshop, which they will conduct for the Notre Dame Prep community this fall. Ms. Sheehan will also lead an Athlete Leadership session for all team captains at NDP on Friday evening.

By partnering with Play Like a Champion Today, Notre Dame Prep is united with more than 150 sports organizations in the country to commit to elevating the culture of catholic-sponsored youth and high school sports.

Play Like a Champion Today workshops are nationally accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Coaching Education. Play Like a Champion has partners in over 40 cities across the United States and around the world, and has educated over 75,000 coaches and parents, who in turn have impacted the lives of over a million athletes, the release stated.

Workshop evaluation data confirm the effectiveness of the Play Like a Champion Today program. For example, over 90 percent of coaches attending the clinics were satisfied with the experience, and agreed to fully implement the Champion approach to coaching for character development.

When asked about the impact of the parent workshop, most respondents — 86 percent — strongly agreed that they would commit to being a more positive presence on the sidelines by avoiding coaching their child from the sidelines, the release stated.

Play Like a Champion works to instill these virtues in young athletes, their parents, and coaches across the country.

For more information on University of Notre Dame’s Character Education Through Sports Initiative, visit the website at or you may contact 574-631-9981.

To learn more about Notre Dame Prep athletics programs, go to

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