Halls High School football coach Jeremy Bosken didn’t talk scores with the Halls Business and Professional Association Aug. 21. The more cynical of our readers might say that’s because a disappointing loss to Powell was too fresh. Or you could say that Bosken wanted to focus on the good, character-building work he and his staff are doing with the young men of the football team.
We wrote an intro piece on Bosken last spring. Check it out if you’d like his background. But Bosken said he’s bringing leadership principles he learned in the U.S. Marine Corps to the Red Devils football team. The players are organized into platoons with student leaders, and the focus is on skills that will last a lifetime.
“This football thing isn’t going to last forever,” Bosken said. “They’re building their brand right now.”
The focus is on handling adversity and taking “extreme ownership” of behavior and events.
“We want to huddle after the game, and we want to have a group of kids that’s self-reflective and not self-destructive,” he said. “We want to be a championship program on and off the field.”
Bosken invited everyone to volunteer with the team, anything from bringing Gatorade and granola bars to helping with practices.
Brandon Stooksbury of Stooksbury Construction gave the business spotlight talk. He’s the third generation of Stooksburys to own the family business, started by his grandfather in 1959.
Stooksbury said the business is small but diverse, skilled in subdivision home building, stormwater, underground utilities, public buildings and more.
“My father told me that if you want to have work, you have to learn to do everything,” Stooksbury said.
He pulled out a Bible and read a passage from Ephesians 2 after which the family models their business, which reads, “But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions — it is by grace you have been saved.”
The Halls Business and Professional Association meets at noon every third Tuesday at Beaver Brook Country Club in Halls.