Peter Cernansky Memorial Fund Inc.’s (PCMFund) mission is to fund or provide programs that help all kids transition from adolescence into adulthood. Primary emphasis is maintaining each student’s academic and personal development engagement via extracurricular activities and sports.
The point is not to do so negatively (whereby access to an activity or sport is denied due to poor academic or behavioral performance) but more positively where the activity or sport holds the student’s focus conveying the need for energy and diligence to more mundane tasks such as the ‘drudgery’ of homework or practice. Today’s technologically and social media stimulated youth maybe ‘unnaturally’ distracted at a key point in their lives as they adapt to levels of social awareness not present in younger ages, such as handling peer pressure, reconciling seeming adult hypocrisy (do as I say not as I do), access to intoxicants, cultural messages which contradict what they grew up with in primary and middle school grades.
The objective is to help ‘carry them’ through the stormy terrain of adolescence via focused program efforts to enable them to ultimately become aware of their potential, abilities and characteristics. Particular emphasis is directed to grades none and ten with ancillary focus on grades eight, eleven and twelve. Later grades should become aware of their leadership roles as mentors and role-models for kids immediately following them in the manner of older brothers and sisters.
Initially, high school football may appear to be overly highlighted by PCMFund but that is the sentimental starting point. But football is a unique ‘program’ which covers a larger (than a typical sport) participation base stretching over a wide societal demograph where long term effort, attention, work habits, discipline, sustained involvement and yearly experience/development demonstrate ‘building blocks’ of success necessary for competitive engagement with other schools (peers).