I had the pleasure of spending yesterday with a long time friend, former All-American Offensive Tackle, former UNH offensive line coach and current Headmaster at Bridgton Academy, Grady Vigneau. Grady is one of those special people that the world can not get enough young people around. He is an athlete that gets the big picture. He is, and always has been, about developing the player as a total person.
His fingerprints are all over Bridgton Academy, a smaller all male, one year prep school located in Bridgton, Maine. Listening to Grady talk about how special today's young men are, provided they are given time to develop, and discover their inner selves, was enlightening. We all develop at different rates of speed and too often today's world is not patient enough to give young men the time they need. Grady, and Bridgton, understand this and provide an opportunity for men to stretch, explore and expand, leaving after a year much more polished and ready to take on today's daily challenges.
If I were a parent of a high school young man, that is a late developer, I may find it difficult to not want immediate gratification but I can assure others there is a place out there that excels at patience and development. I do not intend this to be a commercial for Bridgton, I do intend it to be a statement of re-assurance to parent's that there are places like Bridgton and a lot of young men need them. Take pride in having your son, and yourselves, realize development is a process and not something that happens instantaneously. Take a look at Bridgtonacademy.org and you will be impressed, even if it isn't for you, today.
Grady Vigneau, Headmaster, Thank you for what you do!