Full text of Union High School football letter

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  • Goldminer Salem, ut
    Sept. 24, 2014 9:11 a.m.

    Excellent!!! The NFL should do something very similar!

  • Coach Tom F Jamestown, NY
    Sept. 26, 2013 7:54 p.m.

    Coach Labrum and staff I am proud of you. As a "Character Coach" for Cross Training Football in Western New York our vision statement is to develop the hearts of coaches and athletes to be people of character for other.We strive to train the heart of a champion from the inside out. You did that will with you, it is the core vales of faith, peace, love, joy and perseverance. Keep up the good work. Love... never fails.

  • Mokie Podunk, UT
    Sept. 26, 2013 2:02 p.m.


    As a current Coach at a Utah HS, I can tell you that this is where the community/parents support comes into play. I have received several phone calls during the summer months about happens with athletes I coach from people who observe their online communications. If the community trusts you as a coach, they will help. Also, each athlete must sign at the start of the new season a contract with our standards and must live them in order to compete. School has been in session, depending on where you live, 4-6 weeks now and as a coach, I monitor the grades of my athletes each week. It is a time consuming task, but it must be done. And with the help of other teachers who I talk with about my athletes and how they behave in their classrooms, this kind of behavior is managed. Yes, there are those who slip up and make mistakes, but they get dealt with on an individual case. This is a great thing these coaches are doing. Keep it up.

  • Mmars01 Lehi, UT
    Sept. 26, 2013 11:50 a.m.


    How are the coaches to monitor what happens online? School hasn't begun during the summer and can't observe the status of players grades until school has started. I'm sure they have some rules but the mistakes made by players identified in this story could only be addressed after the fact.

  • Mokie Podunk, UT
    Sept. 26, 2013 10:06 a.m.

    I LOVE THIS! It is something that should be taught to every athlete and student. I do have one question, where was this during the summer and preseason? Shouldn't these standards be taught at the beginning of the season and throughout the year so they already are aware of how they should act on and off the field. Sounds like they are moving in the right direction, but partial blame goes on the coaches for even letting this begin.

  • daver Provo, 00
    Sept. 26, 2013 8:58 a.m.

    Bullying is so insidious and hard to root out - it is like its own high school or jr high version of the mafia: it is social "death" to rat out your brother (or sister) in the "gang." Very few parents take this seriously when they suspect their own child. However, for whatever reason, my son often confided what went on at school. Thought of as sort of a "tough guy" in some circles, he laughingly described an incident in which he was involved at school. I smiled in amusement, before it later dawned on me that what he and his friends had done to a boy in the hallway, amounted to bullying and humiliation of that kid. Unbeknownst to him (out of concerned for his proper social development), I "ratted" him and his friends out to the school police. It was looked into and stopped. He came home genuinely puzzled, wondering if a fellow student had snitched! Parents, we can help, if we aren't in denial about our own children!

  • J-TX Allen, TX
    Sept. 25, 2013 1:10 p.m.

    I am Standing. I am applauding.

  • joseywales Park City, UT
    Sept. 25, 2013 11:47 a.m.

    Shouldn't all sports teams have something similar? This is a great feel good story, one that I can get behind and share with friends all over the country. Bravo coaches!

  • ExTBird Springville, US-UT
    Sept. 25, 2013 8:50 a.m.

    This should be a message that gets taught to every football team in the state honestly. Being a exceptional person off the field is far more important than being a exceptional person on the field. These boys face a lot of struggles in high school and one of the biggest ones is respect to their peers. Bullying, and disrespect should not be tolerated by coaches. If a player wants to act that way then they can watch the game from the stands. If they want to play and wear that jersey they need to earn it. It is a privilege to play football, not a right.

    I wish this was strongly enforced when I was in school. The football team could be down right cruel at times to students who were not part of their social circle. It needs to stop, and this coach has the right idea.

  • podunk utah DRAPER, UT
    Sept. 25, 2013 8:34 a.m.


  • Andrew American Fork, UT
    Sept. 25, 2013 8:20 a.m.

    Awesome. Good job coach. Thanks for setting that example and giving that wake up call.

  • Kim Burningham Bountiful, UT
    Sept. 25, 2013 8:05 a.m.


  • KG South Jordan, UT
    Sept. 25, 2013 7:55 a.m.

    Grammar aside, great message to the players and community!

  • bradleyc Layton, UT
    Sept. 25, 2013 6:56 a.m.

    Well done coach!

  • Mugabe ACWORTH, GA
    Sept. 25, 2013 6:28 a.m.

    This should be the model for all high school sports programs! What a way to have a successful sports program. I am thrilled. But watch out! Someone will surely file a lawsuit, claiming discrimination.

  • LDS Mom American Fork, UT
    Sept. 25, 2013 5:53 a.m.

    These boys are lucky to have coaches that care to teach them about life as much as they teach them about football. The lessons learned will make them better people. Way to go Union coaches.

  • crazladie Draper, UT
    Sept. 25, 2013 4:18 a.m.

    Sounds like something BYU & UofU coaches should have tried years ago! Both teams players and fans have no clue what it means to be a "good sport"! The conduct of both teams on and off the field has become embarrassing for those of us who simply desire to be entertained with a good, clean game! Over the past several years, what used to be "good ol fun competition" has become nasty and ugly! Coaches, do us all a favor and make a " 0 tolerance policy" for staff and players, and perhaps the fans would follow!!! Glad we have a break from what has become a disgusting lack of respect for the actual game!!!

  • Let's be reasonable Baghdad, 00
    Sept. 25, 2013 4:02 a.m.

    WOW! Wow. Honor and courage to do the right thing is more important than any points ever scored. Many people relish the winning touchdown or the blowout win. But those are relished in the person's own mind. What shines through everyday and is seen by all is the character and humility that comes from service and dedication to the whole.

    These coaches have set standard. So infrequently in today's life are we held to a standard, much less a high standard as is set here. I hope the young men on this team appreciate the emphasis the coaches have on their future. I hope they understand this is about them. If they are not thankful now, the best of them and those who humbly learn from this lesson will thank them for the rest of their lives.

  • eagle Provo, UT
    Sept. 24, 2013 9:45 p.m.


  • mjrre PROVIDENCE, UT
    Sept. 24, 2013 9:21 p.m.

    I am in love. What would this world be if all coaches had as much courage as this one! I applaud him with a standing ovation.