Putting family first

By Dion Clisso PrepsKC Managing Editor
Posted: November 6, 2017 - 10:49 AM



A successful football team is one where the players and coaches work together to achieve their goals.

While the bulk of the attention is given to those players and coaches there are plenty of other people who make a football team go every day of the season and the offseason.

One group of people that might just be the most important is the football moms. Whether it’s making meals that keep the player strong, doing that dirty laundry or giving the support that helps the player stay focused the football mom is in the silent force behind a successful football program.

Powerade wants to honor these unsung heroes with the Powerade Mom of the Week contest presented by Heartland Coca-Cola. Each week you can nominate a mother for the Powerade Mom of the Week presented by Heartland Coca-Cola by submitting an essay telling us why your mom’s impact is important to your individual or team success. Each week the winning essay will earn that team’s booster club a $500 courtesy of Powerade and Heartland Coca-Cola.

This week’s winner is Jacqueline Thatcher from Blue Valley North. Mustangs’ Head Football Coach Andy Sims nominated her for putting her family first and being a huge part of the Blue Valley North football family.

Below is Sims nomination.

“Jacqueline, along with her husband Wes and three sons Thatcher (12th), Darin (11th) and Zane (8th), came to Blue Valley North three seasons ago and from the very beginning, she jumped right in to our newly formed Gridiron Club.

Jacqueline has a very demanding job and with most demanding jobs, time is very precious, and work can be very stressful. So, over the last three years, when you see the amount of time, effort and energy she has poured into the lives our players it truly is AMAZING!! And of course, like all great football moms do, she does this because she wants playing football to be one of the most memorable and best experiences of our players life.

She is always putting the needs of her family and our team in front of her own. She has such an amazing work ethic that is only outmatched by her love and passion she has for her family.

I know all the working moms across the metro are never give enough credit for the amount of time they put into their jobs and their family. That balance is never easy and finding time for themselves is always put on the back burner. So, for that, I just wanted to say thank you and to say how proud we are to have her on our team!”

This is the final Mom of the Wee for the 2017 season. Thanks to all the mothers who make high school football in the Metro a better experience for all involved and thanks to Powerade and Heartland Coca-Cola for their generous support this season.