Mothers are the unsung heroes of high school sports. From rides to team dinners to lending a supportive ear, the moms doing the work behind the scenes are integral to keeping team operations afloat across the country.
At Sacred Heart-Griffin (Ill.) High School, the mothers of football players prepare a meal for the team and coaching staff. To express their gratitude, Sacred Heart-Griffin head coach Ken Leonard annually has his seniors exchange letters with their moms, putting into words their appreciation.
“As men sometimes we have trouble showing our love and affection,” Leonard told Springfield’s WICS, “and it’s kind of a neat love letter.”
In recent years, it has been the players writing the letters. This year, the mothers returned the favor.
Anne Dondanville, the mother of senior linebacker Roger Dondanville, said the letter is partly an acknowledgement that they’re almost ready to send their kids off to college.
“It went like that. I’m looking forward to launching him,” Dondanville told WICS. “He’s looking forward to being launched, but I’m not wasting, I’m not wishing one second away. I don’t even want tomorrow to come yet. I’m not even ready for it. But it comes, like everything in life comes, and we’re just going to savor it.”
SHG is 6-0 on the season. The moms, no doubt, have a lot to do with that.