Educator. Mentor. Number one fan.

High school football coaches teach. They encourage. They inspire. That’s because high school football coaches are educators first.

Their number one priority is building the character of their players by serving as a mentor and a role model. They have a player’s best interest in mind before they ever step foot on the field.

It’s a relationship built on the foundation of a teenager knowing that someone believes in them, is cheering them on and will always have their back. When a coach empowers a player, it’s one of the most life-affirming validations a teen can ever receive.

Above all else, coaches instill values in their players that will benefit them for the rest of their lives.

Talk to the teens in your family about joining their school’s football team! This is a mentor for life. This is high school football.

In honor of National High School Colors Day, let’s celebrate high school football and the teams that made us!

Who always goes the extra yard? Teachers!

No matter who you are or where you come from, one thing unites us all: