Each year, the Carondelet Athletics Department hosts a workshop for coaches to connect, share best practices, and engage in the Carondelet mission. This summer, Anne Stricherz '92 led our coaches through a workshop based on her recent book Pray and Practice with Purpose: A Playbook for the Spiritual Development of Athletes published by the National Catholic Education Association. Anne, a religion teacher and golf coach at St. Ignatius College Prep in San Francisco, eloquently shared her passion for sport while connecting coaches to ways in which they can help in their athletes' spiritual formation. After the retreat, Anne shared with us the following reflection.
On Sunday, August 6, 2017: I returned to Carondelet to share ideas, ways and means that any coach of any sport can spiritually form their athletes-and why. To draw from my own experiences as a student athlete-I played tennis and ran track- in the same places and spaces, with the same traditions was super special. I felt as though I were able to go deeper and challenge these coaches to make opportunities for prayer, service, and outreach to the school community a priority because we have a shared understanding of what Carondelet is and aims to be.
At cross country invitationals or golf tournaments, I look at the student athletes from Carondelet with a discerning eye, and a warm smile. I guess I am looking to see part of myself, my former teammates and close friends reflected in the young women who represent Carondelet today. Being with their coaches, I feel confident I can.
To learn more about Anne and her passion for sports and spirituality visit her webpage
Pictured above, from left to right: Anne Stricherz '92; Caitlin Lawson Main '05, Carondelet Athletic Director; Danielle Slaton, Director of Coaching for Life Academy at Santa Clara University