Naval Special Warfare Members Mentor Youth Athletes

150929-N-SR846-047By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Margie Rodriguez, Naval Special Warfare Group 2 Public Affairs

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (September 29, 2015) – The East Coast SEAL and SWCC Scout Team and several Naval Special Warfare (NSW) Sailors attached to Naval Special Warfare Group TWO (NSWG-2) participated in a group mentoring session at Norview High school in Norfolk, Virginia, Jan. 29.

The event was an opportunity for the East Coast SEAL and SWCC Scout Team and NSW members to reach out to their community by providing motivation and sharing personal stories with 35 members of the Norview High School varsity football team.

“You need to have something to fall back on,” said an NSW Sailor. ” No one will hand you your life. Your decisions will make your life.”

Coach Dealton Cotton, Norview High School’s head varsity football coach, wants his team to focus on life values outside of football.

“Only one out of every 10 thousand college athletes make it to the NFL,” said Cotton. “This should put things into perspective. I want these guys to focus on the importance of community, loyalty and discipline. School and family above all the most important. These values will ensure success.”

Once introductions and stories were shared, the floor was opened up for a question and answer portion.

“It all comes down to this, there’s nothing stronger outside of you than what’s strong inside of you,” said another NSW Sailor to the players. “Take all the motivation, dedication and hard work you do with football and take that into life, college or whatever else you want to do.”

After the event, Cotton thanked all the participants.

“It’s a privilege to have you talk to these guys and show them where all your hard work took you,” said Cotton. “They need it. Not everyone gets this opportunity to talk to people who serve our country and make it a safe place.”

The Scout Team plans to maintain a relationship with Coach Cotton and his team by hosting physical training sessions, obstacle courses and tours.

The East Coast SEAL and SWCC Scout Team Program Director Mark Courrier said, “We are mentors, coaches and teachers. We are glad to come here and give back.”

The SEAL and SWCC Scout Team’s mission is to identify and engage high-quality potential SEAL and SWCC Candidates, inform them of careers in NSW, and assists them with the recruiting process.

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