The Pride of Being a Shamrock

“One of our main mottos is ‘brothers for life,’” states Greg Fischer, senior soccer player at Trinity High School. He, along with other fall sport seniors, can attest to the “brotherhood” of Trinity High School. In cultivating talent, inspiring others to be compassionate and creating a festive environment for learning, the Shamrocks as a whole are clovers who stick close together.

The same can be said for the sports department. Athletics at Trinity are built on four pillars: pride, loyalty, discipline and achievement. So being a student-athlete at this school ascends above being successful in one’s sport and winning a state championship. Trinity seeks to cultivate its athletes as the whole person in mind, body and spirit.

Five seniors who participate in fall sports, Rodjay Burns (football), Greg Fischer (soccer), Sam McCalpin (cross country), Phillip Sandman (cross country) and Nick Washle (golf), have all experienced this throughout their high school days. Sandman summed up his experience by saying:

“Students want to succeed here. The atmosphere is people who want to achieve, and it is contagious. If your friend wants to succeed, you are going to want to help them. Some of the alumni are teachers here at Trinity, and they still have that feeling.”

Achievement has certainly flown through the Shamrock veins over the years. The rich tradition has been passed down through generations, and the school has upheld that standard.

Sam McCalpin says he has learned consistency and dedication through cross country. During those long grueling days of morning practice and then getting ready for the school day, he learned the meaning of sacrifice. The by-product of this sacrifice was the birthing of achievement within his teammates and himself.

“We all have a lot of pride because we love the school, and we want to represent it well and put forth our best effort in everything we do. Because of that, we can have discipline, pride, and be loyal to each other – putting it together to achieve,” he states.

In the school’s rotunda, you will see a plethora of state championships; high school sports’ greatest competitive achievement. But this achievement doesn’t come overnight. Discipline is the origin that engenders this achievement at Trinity.

Sandman says discipline is established because athletes always keep in mind the importance of “serving.”

“We are able to do it because it is a brotherhood also,” he says when describing how athletes are able to be disciplined. “We have a reason to go out and be disciplined – to serve our brothers and help them out. Getting up early for morning practices and practicing late at night when people are serving, it is worth it, and it is going to pay off in the end.”

UofL football commit Rodjay Burns believes the four pillars within Trinity athletics are connected to one another. By serving others, loyalty is also exemplified as a characteristic to this brotherhood.

Burns says loyalty is shown by disregarding if a person plays on the same team as them or not. If they see someone in the lunch line and they don’t have money for lunch, they are loyal to their fellow brethren by paying for their food. “We are in the Trinity community and have each other’s back even if we don’t know one another,” he says.

The loyalty between brothers, the discipline on and off the field and the achievement that is embraced all stem from the pride that is within. The pride of Trinity athletics is unlike any other. Regardless of the sport, the student body in some ways redefined the “student section” during games. Whether the theme is beachwear or going shirtless with a shamrock painted on your chest at a game, Washle says brotherly support is the source of the school’s pride.

“It is not about the sport being played at a time, but it is about your brother out there playing. They want to root on their fellow classmates and their fellow brothers. Last year, for basketball, there was a big student section for [all] freshman, junior varsity and varsity [teams]. It doesn’t matter the level, it is about the community.”

The question of, “Am I my brother’s keeper?” may be an inquiry from a freshman stepping onto the campus of Trinity, but leaving as a senior, their motto will be, “Brothers for life.”

Photo by RANDY WHESTONE JR. | Contributing Photographer