Byron football achieves academic gold award
The Byron school colors are black and gold so it’s fitting that their varsity football earned the gold award for team academic all state from the Minnesota Football Coaches Association.
The criterion for the gold award is a cumulative team grade point average of 3.26 or higher.
Only four 4A teams received this prestigious honor.
Byron football Head Coach Ben Halder said he and his fellow teachers are appreciative of the football players’ commitment to academics
“Our staff is proud of the effort our kids put into the classroom,” he said.
He said this award confirms, “that they are great kids that work hard in the classroom.”
While the kids do the work in the classroom, he said the teachers and staff at Byron High School help the players succeed academically.
“The staff asks how they are doing in class, if they need any help, just reminders that school is the most important,” Halder said.
He mentioned that the teachers and staff do that by spreading the word about the academic resources available to your players and helping those players who may be struggling academically.
“The teachers at the high school are amazing at helping students find extra resources, making time before or after school for individual students and overall are just great people who treat all the students well,” he said.
That academic support has helped the Bears earn academic awards each of the past two seasons. Last year, they received a silver award.
Whether or not they achieve an academic award, he said it’s important for students to understand the importance of education.
“Education is the great equalizer. It can change your life and have a lasting impact on you forever. Eventually athletics fade,” Halder said.
Before that happens, he mentioned that academic success can lead to success on the football field.
“They help each other our by developing grit, perseverance, collaboration, critical thinking, creativity, character, all of the things our profile of a graduate stress as important,” he said.
As students move closer to graduation, he said they become good role models for their younger players in terms of balancing football and academics.
“They do a good job and serve on things like Link Crew to help mentor,” he said.
Another local team that did a good job of balancing football and academics was the Triton Cobras who were one of eight Class 2A teams that achieved the silver award for team academic all state.