Former quarterback Jon Kitna isn’t living the life of leisure in his retirement. He’s teaching high school algebra and coaching football, and most importantly teaching life lessons. The acronym he uses for the values he tries to impart is REAL.
· Reject passivity
· Empathize with others
· Accept responsibility
· Lead courageously
The parallels are clear. If underprivileged high school students can absorb this cultural challenge and change, hopefully so can our young firefighters—if we teach it.