A Springer Celebration! 2015 will cater to the sports fan in all of us by honoring alumni athletes and featuring sports-themed activities. The guest speaker for the evening will be Michael Wright, Springer alumnus and defensive end for the New England Patriots for seven years. Reminiscent of last year’s fundraiser, Game On! Experience. Learn. Achieve. will feature fun activities for sports enthusiasts and everyone else. Alumni parent and former member of Springer’s Board of Trustees Nick Spadaccini will chair the event this year.
Wright graduated from Springer School and Center in 1996 and from Purcell Marian High School in 2000. He earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice with a minor in real estate at the University of Cincinnati, where he played for the Bearcats, who were undefeated during one of his years there. Wright was signed by the New England Patriots in 2005.
“When I came to the Patriots, there were five guys ahead of me, one of whom was a 5-year pro from Ohio State,” Wright remembered. “I decided I had to do whatever it took, so that at the end I’d have no regrets, no excuses. The Patriots under Bill Belichick is the kind of team that sees in young players what they don’t see in themselves, and they saw something in me.”
“I’m excited to be involved with Springer’s Celebration because this is where it all started for me,” said Wright. “Springer is where I learned that work ethic outweighs everything.” In his current role as trainer for young athletes, Wright puts to use the lessons he learned at Springer and with the Patriots. “More than physical training, the work I do with kids is focused on body maintenance and mindset as well,” Wright said. “I do a lot of work with the mind-body connection.”
In line with the athletic theme, the Celebration will be held in the ballroom and concourse that overlook the Musketeers’ basketball arena at Xavier University’s Cintas Center. Displays on the concourse will celebrate Springer alumni who have participated in a variety of sports. Local 12 WKRC TV News Anchor Brad Johansen will emcee the evening that will include dinner, cocktails, and live and silent auctions. A Springer Celebration! 2015 happens from 6:30 to 9:00 on Wednesday, April 29. Visit www.Springer-LD.org/celebration_15 for more information.