Editor’s note: The Navy Seals asked us to only refer to them by their first name due to security reasons. They also would not allow photographs.
DANSVILLE — Applied Performance Sciences was founded by Navy Seals who devote their time to teaching some lessons they learned in leadership to college students, professionals, and high school students.
On Aug. 25 Navy Seals Jason and Jake came to Dansville Central to teach the high school athletes how to mentally and emotionally build leadership throughout the team.
Seventh to twelfth graders from fall sports such as football, volleyball, soccer, swimming, and cross-country each got a chance to learn from the best.
“We got out of the Navy and started working with different teams on how to enhance human performance,” Jason said. “This is all about optimizing performance for athletes. A lot of this is physical and behavioral team dynamics.”
Jason and Jake helped to start this program four years ago with another Navy Seal.
Most of their work is done in California, Nebraska, Montana, Wyoming, New York, and Chicago.
Dansville Central Athletic Director Rob VanScoter said that he met up with them at a New York State AAA conference and asked them to come to his school. VanScoter believed this was a wonderful way to start the fall season.
“The message they are giving the kids is right on point with what we try to get across to them,” he said. “What better way to learn leadership than to get it from the Navy Seals.They are the best on the planet.”
VanScoter said the Navy Seals show the students that all of them will be called upon to be a leader at some point, and they need to be able to step up.
“This is a message their coaches try to tell them, but when it comes from a Navy Seal that shows that the level of dedication goes beyond just being an athlete,” he said. “This is something they will carry with them for their rest of their lives.”
VanScoter added that he will definitely have the Navy Seals back in the future, and will focus on the things the students still need to work on.
“These guys talk about what makes a good team. They talk about the mental and emotional aspects about being a leader. It is all about trust and honesty,” he said. “They (Navy Seals) do this all across the country. They told me they love to work with the high school kids, because that can take this message with them throughout their lives.”
The Navy Seals talk a little bit about what they have to go through, and what it means to be in their shoes, but they are not trying to recruit the students.
After the team building exercises in the field the students went back inside to learn about what it means to be a teamplayer.