The Associated Press
PORTSMOUTH, Ohio – The Shawnee State men’s soccer team took the opportunity to both raise money for a worthy cause and promote the five core values of the NAIA Champions of Character program during a Hat-Tricks for Hodgkin’s event last Saturday at Minford High School.
On Wednesday, head soccer coach Ron Goodson presented Dr. Nathan Bennington with a check for $250 raised for non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma during the tournament.
The game featured a pair of high school squads in South Point and Waverly High Schools, leaving a perfect opportunity for players from the SSU team to discuss the five values of Champions of Character.
Two players tackled each one of the topics, as Tanner Hopwood and Nick Sherman discussed integrity, Dylan Stevens and Kevin Copenhaver talked on respect, Ben Pulsford and Joseph Webster taught responsibility, Dylan Whitehead and Josh Jackson stressed sportsmanship and Danny Parsons and Connor Sherman lectured on servant leadership.
“The guys did a great job promoting Champions of Character,” Goodson said. “The athletes from both high schools were very attentive and the coaches appreciative. It was also fantastic to be able to raise money for a very worthy cause.”