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The Pr1de organization out of Michigan is only two years old, but the program has quickly developed into a very competitive unit. Pr1de has achieved that success by focusing on its core values.
“We have four goals that we talk about all the time,” said John Weyer, who founded the Pr1de along with Mark Bernas. “No. 1, we want to instill a love of the sport in every player, so that they continue to play in the future. No. 2, we want to teach them the skills necessary to compete at the next level.
“No. 3, we want to include life lessons at every opportunity. We want our players to understand that in life, just as in sports, there are consequences to every choice we make. Some are positive, and some are detrimental.
“No. 4, we encourage a healthy lifestyle, both in regular exercise and eating habits.”
Those values will be put to the test when the Pr1de plays in the 2015 Summer Derby Classic, which will be played in Louisville, KY on July 23-24. The tournament, which will include many of the top travel programs in the country, will be played at the Mid America Sports Center.