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A Visit By The Great Sean Landeta - "Children are great imitators so give them someone great to imitate."
By Nancy TenureThe great Sean Landeta, two time Super Bowl champion and one of the NFL’s premier punters of all time, recently stopped by Cleary to meet with our children. He came to share his experiences, knowledge, encouragement and advice with every student and perhaps inspire them to reach for their dreams.
Sean himself grew up in Baltimore and did not have a lot; football at Towson University gave him self-confidence along with an opportunity to work hard for his dreams. Setting priorities and working hard afforded Sean the chance to sign on with the Baltimore Stars in the old USFL and later the New York Giants in the NFL for nine seasons including being part of the Team of the Decade for the 1980s and 1990s. As a successful professional athlete, Sean played for over twenty-two seasons with top notch teams in Philadelphia, New York, Tampa Bay, Los Angeles, Green Bay and St. Louis. He played in Super Bowls XXI and XXV.
Did someone say “retirement”? Not for the great Sean Landeta! Today Sean does radio and television commentary but his greatest undertaking is all the charitable work he is engaged in such as meeting with children to encourage and to motivate them. This important charitable work includes many fine foundations, such as the Cleary Foundation, that focuses on youth. Sean will be the 2016 honoree at the next Cleary Golf Classic on June 6th.
Cleary School’s Executive Director, Jacqueline Simms says, “Sean has such a gentle demeanor with students and staff. He allowed everyone to put on his Super Bowl championship ring and be photographed with him. He posed with every student and personalized photographs. We are grateful for Sean’s interest in our students and in Cleary School.”
Listening to Sean and experiencing his charisma and gentle appeal are an awesome combination that works well to motivate youth to think about their future and their dreams. The same formula Sean used. Sean also admits he was fortunate to have good role models at home, in school and in sports.
Sean himself is a great role model. His charitable work is important and he does it for opportunities to encourage and to influence children for a more positive future for everyone. That’s something you might expect from someone who is in the Pennsylvania and Maryland Sports Hall of Fame, the 2013 Pro Football Hall of Fame class and still holds NFL records for punting.
“Sean gave an encouraging speech to students at both campuses. We are thankful to Sean for being a shining star at Cleary, “says Jackie Simms.
Students were excited to meet Sean. “Thank you Sean! I loved meeting you! I hope I can be a great athlete too. I will try hard but I want to join the Knicks,” says one student.
Look out NBA! Hold on WORLD! Dreams are growing big time at Cleary!
Cleary School provides a nurturing environment where the individual needs of students are identified and addressed by an entire team. We provide a safe and secure environment in which students are physically secure, emotionally supported and treated as individual learners with unique needs. We are committed to the ongoing development of our abilities to meet the changing and diverse needs of our students and to support to their families.