Saint Stephen’s Episcopal School Sports Gala is a Game Changer

Saint Stephen’s Episcopal School Game Changers Keynote Speaker, Herman Boone
Saint Stephen’s Episcopal School Game Changers Keynote Speaker, Herman Boone

Saint Stephen’s Episcopal School is hosting its second annual Game Changers event on Saturday, January 25, 2014. This year’s Keynote speaker is legendary football coach and motivator Herman Boone whose story was captured by the monumentally popular Disney film Remember the Titans, portrayed by Academy Award-winning actor Denzel Washington. In the film Coach Boone faced the challenge of a lifetime uniting black and white players from rival schools in the newly-created Titan football team.  Coach Boone will share his story and reflect on how his experiences exemplify Saint Stephen’s four pillars of athletic excellence – leadership, scholarship, integrity and service.

“We are extremely honored to have the opportunity to present Game Changers to our community for the second year in a row. This is not just a fundraiser, but a chance for parents and the public to see how passionate we are and how much we care about the education and athletic opportunities our students have,” said Dr. Janet Pullen, Head of Saint Stephen’s Episcopal School. “It definitely is a game changer to have such an extraordinary speaker, Herman Boone, to support our efforts and the future of our students and the school,” she said.

Herman Boone, a football coach turned motivational speaker, inspired the movie “Remember the Titans” and now uses that life experience to inspire others. His presentations include topics such as respect, teamwork, community involvement and the importance of character; topics which are echoed by students and staff at Saint Stephen’s.

Game Changers was started with the intention of laying a foundation for athletic excellence while celebrating the school’s four athletic pillars: Scholarship, Leadership, Integrity and Service.

“We want this event to be a community builder for the School and a way for the athletic department to give back to the parents. We wanted to give them a memorable evening out, while fundraising in a way that is keeping the spotlight on our athletic programs,” said Scott Sauerbeck, Saint Stephen’s Episcopal School Coordinator of Community Activities.

Once-in-a-lifetime auction items will be available at the event including the opportunity to throw the first pitch at a Chicago Cubs baseball game, field passes to a Boston Red Sox game, field passes to a Tampa Bay Rays game, tickets and locker room passes to a Tampa Bay Lightning game and more.

The event is open to the public; tickets are $100 per person, and VIP tickets are $175. There will also be a chance drawing for a 17-foot Yellowfin Skiff worth $50,000. The event, held at the Lakewood Ranch Country Club, will start with a VIP reception at 6 pm, a general reception at 6:30 pm, dinner at 7pm and the keynote address and live auction starting at 8 pm. 

For more information about the event or to purchase tickets, please visit http://www.saintstephens.org/gamechangers/.

Saint Stephen’s Episcopal School is a private, independent, co-educational, college preparatory school in Bradenton, FL. Saint Stephen’s delivers world-class education, excellent extracurricular experiences and exciting programs like AP course work, the iPad initiative, a band/strings program, a global education program, K-12 daily foreign language program and our Marine Science Initiative, to name a few.

Saint Stephen's sits on a gated, 35-acre campus, which includes a state of the art athletic center that hosts the school’s athletic events including football, track and field, lacrosse, baseball, softball, tennis and cheerleading. At every level, from PK3 through grade 12, students are nurtured in small classes and encouraged and supported in their academic pursuits. Students benefit from programs and educational models that have proven successful by Saint Stephen’s students who are excelling today in colleges and universities around the country. Saint Stephen's is proud of its rich academic offerings that go hand-in-hand with a strong college counseling program, a wide variety of competitive sports teams, a creative fine arts program, and many service learning opportunities. For more information about our school, please visit www.saintstephens.org.

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