The Union Democrat Sports Department

The Summerville High Softball Boosters will present Character Based Athletics onSaturday, Sept. 6, at the school's Connections Theater in Tuolumne.

Rob Miller, of Proactive Coaching and Miller Sports Consulting in Liberty, Mo., will be the featured speaker.

There will be three, one-hour presentations for parents, athletes and coaches at 2,3:30 and 5 p.m., respectively.

"The benefit all athletes should take from playing high school sports is an increase in their characters," said Summerville varsity softball assistant coach Ray Emerald in a release. "The act of participating in sports should teach lessons that will be used in all aspects of life. Things like teamwork, responsibility, accountability, selflessness and honesty are all traits we look for in quality employees, teachers, doctors, lawyers and business owners. This is the time of their lives that these traits will be learned for our student-athletes."

Miller was born and raised in Pigeon, Mich., and graduated from Laker High School. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Education and Social Sciences at Spring Arbor College and received a Master of Science and Sports Administration degree from Michigan State.

Miller was a four-sport star in high school and went on to become captain of the men's basketball team in college.

He has previous coaching experience, which includes basketball and girl's soccer at the youth, high school and college levels.

Miller has also been an administrator for Spring Arbor College, the Hoosier Athletic Conference, National Christian College Athletic Association, the NAIA and the Sun Conference.

Topics addressed will be issues affecting student-athletes today, and possible solutions to those problems.

The event is open to the public, and admission is $15 per person. The cost for a family of three is $40 and an extra $5 for each additional person.

"There are very valuable lessons to be learned in sports arenas on every high school campus in America, if we all just recognize that we all need to work together," Emerald said. "Not every high school athlete will go on to compete at the college level. In fact, about 8 out of 10 are making their lifetime memories right now, and we owe it to them to make these memories as positive as we can."