SoCal Coyote News ‘BE THE FIRST ONE TO DO THE RIGHT THING’ – COYOTES ROCK INDIO MIDDLE Posted on November 3, 2017 0 Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google+ Share on Reddit Share on Pinterest Share on Linkedin Share on Tumblr (INDIO) – The performance of any individual is a reflection of a personal culture that you alone create. Fresh off their fifth championship last weekend, that was the message delivered by the SoCal Coyotes to over 1,500 students at Indio Middle School Thursday. Coyotes Athletic Director Robert L. Cummings, head coach J David Miller and a pack of Coyote players led the all-day, seven-period leadership symposium, which ran from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Students took the Coyotes 50-question ‘Above the Line’ Leadership Quiz, which reinforces the importance of a self-disciplined life – from making your bed when you first wake up, to being ‘the first one to do the right thing.’ Players and coaches used their personal life stories to engage students with the tools it takes to create acceptable behavior, develop momentum, and achieve positive goals. Speakers included defensive end Jeremiah Mitchell (Washington State), offensive lineman Rapheal Smiley (Langston University), team captains Jake Sheffield (Arizona State) Matt Arias (College of the Desert), and Ridge Turner (West Alabama), who was named ‘Player of the Game’ from the Coyotes Pacific Coast Championship last Saturday. “Leaders create culture, culture drives behavior, and behavior produces results,” Coach Cummings said. The Coyotes define ‘Above the Line’ as skillful, intentional, on purpose and driven. Students were urged to purge their lives of destructive, impulsive, ‘uncoachable’ ‘below the line’ attitudes – which include blaming, complaining and excuses. The SoCal Coyotes non-profit organization positively impacts more than 30,000 Coachella Valley youth each year through its leadership symposiums, clinics and seminars. ABOUT THE SOCAL COYOTES The SoCal Coyotes are the national standard of American developmental football. The Coyotes non-profit organization provides elite athletes a professional environment that refines and showcases their skills through trademarked processes similar to the NBA’s D-league and MLB’s minor-league systems. NFL executives have named the SoCal Coyotes organization America’s #1 Developmental Football Program™ for its national, scalable brands, community outreach programs, five-year operating track record, verifiable data, youth curriculum, sales, public-private sector alliances, and measured results.