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As a coach and as his dad, I was so honored to have my son Ryan attend the IDEALS Leadership School. The impact on his maturity, his leadership, his goals, and his values has been life changing. I can see a great difference in his desire to be a difference maker among his peers. I attribute this growth to the practical and insightful lessons and activities he experienced through IDEALS. There is no program anywhere I would more heartily endorse for the growth in leadership of the student athlete than the school that Jack Williams has developed.

Coach/Parent


 

For any high school athlete who wants to make a difference, the IDEALS program is a MUST! I’m still using the skills I learned as I complete my college career. IDEALS provided me a competitive advantage and I don’t intend to ever lose it.

Student


 

The mission of the IDEALS program is even more paramount to me today than it was three years ago when I attended because I have witnessed firsthand the dearth of leadership from young people my age. Most of the young people today look to avoid responsibility and take short cuts around any type of adversity they encounter. We desperately need leaders now more than ever if we’re going to preserve what this country stands for. I wish I could repeat the course just to get a “refresher”. I believe it equipped me with all that I needed to grow into a confident, responsible, goal oriented, leader.

Student


 

The IDEALS leadership Program has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. It greatly improved my ability to flourish as a leader on the athletic field and was huge in helping me off the field. I have used so much of what we learned through my college days at Georgia Tech and will continue to do so as I now start my business career.

Student


 

After my son went through the IDEALS program I saw a big difference in his decision making in all aspects of his life. His strengths as a leader socially, academically and athletically were raised to a new level. I applaud the choices my son has made through his college days and now as he begins his career and family. I give a great deal of credit to IDEALS for those choices.

Parent


 

I can’t tell you how much IDEALS has affected me. Every time I have a problem or assignment, I find myself looking back over the material we covered in class. IDEALS has permanently affected me and the way I do things.

Student


 

There is just one word that comes to mind when I think of this great school – OPPORTUNITY! IDEALS is something I want to recommend for all student athletes.

Student


 

I’ve been extremely impressed with the IDEALS Leadership program and what it does for the young people who participate. It provides an opportunity for good leaders in schools to become excellent leaders for all of the students. It is a great way to supplement the local school leadership programs.

Principal


 

IDEALS not only taught me the importance of having good leaders in our schools, sports and communities, but it helped develop and instill leadership qualities in me that will be beneficial throughout life. I was encouraged to be surrounded by other student athletes who shared a common passion for impacting our world in a positive way.

Student


 

As a teacher, Assistant Athletic Director and head football coach, I’ve had the opportunity to watch many of our students grow and develop into some of the finest leaders through their involvement with the IDEALS Leadership School. The impact that IDEALS has had on our student/athletes has been tremendous. The influence the IDEALS program had on their leadership, maturity, goal setting, and life values was exceptional. There is not a better opportunity for the development of young leaders anywhere than the IDEALS Leadership Programs. Having had the pleasure to serve in education for 26 years, I am quite familiar with what constitutes a first-class organization and IDEALS is just that!

HS Coach / Parent


 

Speaking from personal experience as a high school guidance counselor at a school where numerous students have participated in IDEALS over the years and most recently as a parent when my own son went through the program, all I can say is thanks to Jack and IDEALS for all you do for young people.

HS Guidance Counselor / Parent


 

As a high school coach and teacher I’ve sent student athletes to IDEALS programs for the past 14 years. Over the years I’ve seen my players after completing the program show a strong desire and commitment to be a difference maker among their teammates and students. There is not a better opportunity for the development of young leaders anywhere than the IDEALS Leadership Programs.

HS Coach


 

The IDEALS Leadership Program is one of the finest programs for young people that I’ve encountered in 35 years of teaching and coaching. It’s right on the button with timely and vital experiences for today’s student athletes who are tomorrow’s leaders. The participants from our school have benefited tremendously from the program and they have brought their new skills back to make a positive impact in our school.

HS Coach


 

First off thank you for the letter you wrote me. It means a lot that you still keep up with me after all these years. I really can’t believe that in a matter of months I will be a graduate of the Air Force Academy and a Second Lieutenant in the Air Force. It seems like yesterday that I was a Senior in high school traveling to IDEALS every Sunday. I contribute much of my success over the past four years to the lessons learned from those meetings. I still engage in many of the techniques taught throughout the course in all aspects of my life now. Whether it be on Saturday’s playing in front of 115,000 people at the “Big House,” through the daily grind of the arduous academic classes I have to take, or through my military training each day, the lessons learned through IDEALS have played a major role in my success at the Academy and have continued to contribute to my leadership ability’s growth.

I cannot thank you enough for your leadership and allowing me the opportunity to attend IDEALS four years ago.

Cody R. Getz, Cadet First Class, USAFA | Athletic Officer | Cadet Squadron 02- “Deuce” | Air Force Football #28


 

I wanted to let you know that the most recent “IDEALS Moment” encouraged me to make a huge decision for this upcoming winter break. Words can’t describe how thankful I am that I still receive these IDEALS moments.

Thanks for everything, Katey Lippitt


 

I have not emailed you probably since last year–maybe even longer. For that, I apologize, but I wanted to take a minute to thank you for your monthly messages. As a third-year student at the Naval Academy now, I love seeing the correlation between your words and the teachings in my Leadership and Ethics coursework. Given this connection, I want to explicitly state that your leadership school is extremely beneficial; you enable students to define their moral codes, a practice that many adults have still not considered.
Thank you for steering me on the right course three years ago. I will never forget the lessons you taught.

Andrea R. Howard, MIDN 2/C USN


 

Hey Jack, I don’t expect you to remember me specifically but my name is Alexis and I was a part of your program as a softball player from Mill Creek about 4 years ago now. (jeez I didn’t realize it was that long until just now) Anyways, I was just writing to let you know how much your IDEALS program has helped and inspired me. The lessons I learned through your IDEALS Leadership School has helped me through so many times in both high school and college. Your IDEAL moments have continued to motivate me to be a leader and role model despite the craziness of college. It’s really easy to get unfocused with all of the parties and restaurants and people but your work has been a significant part in keeping my head on straight. Thanks again and good luck with your future programs!!!

Sincerely, Alexis Rogers


 

The mission of the IDEALS program is even more paramount to me today than it was three years ago when I attended because I have witnessed firsthand the dearth of leadership from young people my age. Most of the young people today look to avoid responsibility and take short cuts around any type of adversity they encounter. We desperately need leaders now more than ever if we’re going to preserve what this country stands for. I wish I could repeat the course just to get a “refresher”. I believe it equipped me with all that I needed to grow into a confident, responsible, goal oriented, leader.

Lee Burrell former student N Gwinnett HS


 

In 39 years of high school education and athletics, this program was perhaps one of the best that I have ever been associated with as far as providing truly meaningful and beneficial leadership training for young student-athletes. Its impact on the lives of our young athletes was truly amazing and has greatly enhanced our athletic leadership throughout the program. The growth in concern for others and the responsibility generated by these athletes has vastly improved our programs and we hope that its exponential development will make us an even better and stronger school as these students spread the message.

Will Jackson former AD Wesleyan


 

As a high school coach and teacher I’ve sent student athletes to IDEALS programs for the past 14 years. Over the years I’ve seen my players after completing the program show a strong desire and commitment to be a difference maker among their teammates and students. There is not a better opportunity for the development of young leaders anywhere than the IDEALS Leadership Programs.

Paul Standard – Coach St Pius


 

Although this program only lasts eight weeks, the effect it has on us is something that will remain a lifetime. All of us get monthly emails throughout college allowing us to never stray from the leader we’ve become. Without this program I would not be the leader I am today. I’m so thankful for the opportunity and can’t even imagine how amazing it can become as it expands to other areas of the country and more student athletes get to experience what I’ve experienced.

Former Student


 

The IDEALS program has been a major key to my success in my first year of college. With the skills that I learned it enabled me to assert myself as a leader even as a freshman. The investment that Jack and the other instructors have made in my life has forever altered me and I will be forever indebted to them and this program.

Former IDEALS Student


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