Character Kids

March Madness is perhaps my favorite sporting event of the year. I am the guy who stays up until after midnight on the night of the National Championship game to watch the CBS highlight montage set to the song "One Shining Moment." Perhaps it is the basketball coach in me or perhaps it is the pure, raw emotion of college athletics; whatever the reason, I am transfixed.

The week before we went on Spring Break some of our Lower School students had a chance to hear from a young man who next year will be playing in March Madness. Donovan Mitchell, GCDS class of 2012, signed a national letter of intent to play for Rick Pitino and the Louisville Cardinals next year.

While it is so exciting to think about watching one of our own next year on TV, for me the most rewarding moment was when I heard Coach Pitino talk about Donovan. His assessment of Donovan as a player was glowing, yet when he talked about Donovan's character he said, “Donovan is in the top three ‘character kids’ I have ever recruited in my 30 years of coaching.”

So what did Donovan talk to our Lower School students about? How to shoot a jump shot? The art of the pick and roll? In true Country Day fashion, he spoke to them about TIGER PRIDE. He talked with them about good sportsmanship and how to overcome adversity while never losing sight of what is most important. A great day and great lesson for our students!


Adam C. Rohdie 
Headmaster, The Greenwich Country Day School