Loyola And Men’s Soccer Program Receive Community Partner Award

BALTIMORE – The Loyola University Maryland Men’s Soccer program and Loyola’s Center for Community Service and Justice (CCSJ) were honored on Monday June 3, 2013 with the Soccer Without Borders (SWB) – Baltimore – Community Partner Award.  Together, the men’s soccer program and CCSJ partner with this local refugee program to help the participants learn to interact in their new home.  

The Greyhounds’ men’s soccer program has worked with the staff of SWB to coordinate weekly soccer clinics to work with the boys program.  CCSJ has worked with SWB by coordinating tutoring and other services to help support the program.   The award was presented at the Journey to America Fundraising Dinner on Monday evening.  Members of the Loyola Men’s Soccer and Athletic Staffs and the CCSJ staff attended the dinner celebrating the SWB program.

Loyola men’s soccer head coach Mark Mettrick and assistant coaches Matt Dwyer and Bryan Harkin, in addition to members of the men’s soccer program are committed to making a difference in the community and have made SWB the focus of their community service outreach.

The Center for Community Service and Justice invites all members of the Loyola community to inform their minds and experiences through educative community service opportunities in Baltimore and beyond.

CCSJ offers a variety of service opportunities for students, staff, faculty, and administrators, and hope to have something for everyone.  CCSJ is committed to building partnerships with organizations that work with people who are marginalized. This collaboration ensures a productive, transformative experience not only for clients and beneficiaries of the agencies, but also (and perhaps more so) for those who serve.

Soccer Without Borders Baltimore City began in the fall of 2009 in response to various state, local and non-profit agencies that serve the city’s burgeoning refugee population identifying a need for positive recreational programming for area refugee youth. In response, SWB Baltimore emerged to provide opportunities in the form of soccer, simultaneously encouraging healthy living while developing English-language abilities, teamwork, academic success and cross-cultural skills.

 SWB Baltimore’s mission is to use soccer to promote positive change. SWB does this by providing refugee, asylee, and immigrant youth with a toolkit that they can use to overcome obstacles that might otherwise inhibit growth, inclusion and success. They utilize the global power of soccer to create positive life changes through five key programming areas: soccer play and instruction, off-field lessons and academic tutoring, civic engagement, team building and cultural exchange. Currently, SWB Baltimore serves middle school and high school students. The student-athletes who make up the program have recently arrived to Baltimore City from a variety of countries, including but not limited to, Cameroon, Eritrea, Somalia, Rwanda, DRC, Congo, Tanzania, Ethiopia, El Salvador, Mexico, Sudan, Guinea, Iraq, Bhutan and Nepal.

While these young people come from diverse backgrounds, they share a passion for soccer and a genuine interest in and desire to engage with their new surroundings. Few of these kids have ever played organized soccer or had their own equipment or proper coaching. In addition to regular programming, participants have the opportunity to enjoy special events such as college visits, summer camp, conferences and trainings, and outings to watch college and professional soccer games.

June 6, 2013

Athlete’s Prayer

God, let me play well but fairly.

Help me to learn something that matters

once the game is over.

Let compettition make me strong but never hostile.

Always let me help my opponent up.

Never catch me rejoicing in the adversity of others.

If I know victory, allow me to be happy; if I am denied, keep

me from envy.

Remind me that sports are just games.

If through athletics I set an example,

let it be a good one.


“If we play our best, we’re gonna run them off the field,” Biff said, not in a cocky way, just being factual. “And when we beat them, I want you yo have the same kind of class we had last year. I don’t want guys taking their jerseys off and running all over the place. You know, be respectful.” And if DeMatha were to somehow come out ahead? “I want you going straight over and shaking their hands,” Biff said.

-Jeffrey Marx, Season of Life

Prayer to Play Fair in the Game of Life

Dear Lord, in the struggle that goes on through life

We ask for a field that is fair,

A chance that is equal with all the strife,

The courage to strive and to dare;

And if we should win, let it be by the code,

With our faith and our honor held high;

And if we should lose, let us stand by the road

And cheer as the winners go by.

-Knute Rockne

“The second criteria…for masculinity…is that all of us ought to have some kind of cause, some kind of purpose in our lives, that’s bigger than our own individual hopes, dreams, wants, and desires. At the end of our life, we ought to be able to look back over it from our deathbed and know that somehow the world was a better place because we lived, we loved, we were other-centered, other-focused.”

-Jeffrey Marx, Season of Life

Jesuit Examen

What have been the high points of my life?

What have been the low points of my life?

Have I ever felt like God was trying to tell me something?

Who are the people that have loved me for who I really am?

What did I learn today?

What gives me the greatest happiness?

What experiences made me who I am today?

Whom did I neglect?

Where did I neglect myself?

What did I do today for the poor and excluded?

Where could I have taken a risk and tried something different?

Who have been my heroes?

What did I learn about God from my family?

Who in my life is an example of courage?

Who is most valuable to me?

What have been the most fun experiences of my life?

What are my talents, and how have I used them?

Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

Matthew 5:14-16


The Inner Game of Tennis

A phenomenon when first published in 1972, the Inner Game was a real revelation. Instead of serving up technique, it concentrated on the fact that, as Gallwey wrote, “Every game is composed of two parts, an outer game and an inner game.” The former is played against opponents, and is filled with lots of contradictory advice; the latter is played not against, but within the mind of the player, and its principal obstacles are self-doubt and anxiety. Gallwey’s revolutionary thinking, built on a foundation of Zen thinking and humanistic psychology, was really a primer on how to get out of your own way to let your best game emerge. It was sports psychology before the two words were pressed against each other and codified into an accepted discipline.

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Lucky Every Day

In the bestselling tradition of Ten Things I Wish I’d Known….and The Right Words at the Right Time comes a collection of inspirational wisdom from beloved lacrosse coach, the late Diane Geppi-Aikens.

Loyola College of Maryland Women’s Lacrosse Coach Diane Geppi-Aikens would have been a remarkable role model simply as one of the nation’s top lacrosse coaches. But this single mother of four battled inoperable brain tumors for eight years. Partially paralyzed and confined to a wheelchair, Geppi-Aikens missed only one game as she coached her #1 ranked team into the semi-finals of the NCAA championships. In spite of the terrible tragedy threatening her life, she managed to get her players to consider her lucky. Now, in the wake of this courageous woman’s death comes an incredibly inspirational book. In 20 short chapters, Geppi-Aikens’s unique and uplifting teachings live on through the memories of those she inspired most.

By: Chip Silverman

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