January 22nd, 2013

Elementary Excellence: St. Albert

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Conor Revell

Managing Editor


Elementary Excellence: St. Albert
Lucas Meiners and St. Albert defense stand tall in 8AAA final / photo by Rob Densmore

A brief overview of the St. Albert athletic program

The following feature is a part of a weekly series called "Elementary Excellence" - a set of profiles that will spotlight Louisville area Catholic elementary schools and its athletic programs, teams, traditions and excellence in all aspects of sports. Do you want your school to be featured? Send us your recommendation to editor@catholicsportsnet.com.

As St. Albert the Great’s Sports Ministry Chairperson, Aaron Lanning runs the East End Catholic elementary school’s athletic program with a lot of pride.

“I truly love being the Sports Ministry Chairperson,” Lanning said. “My personal goal is make St. Albert’s sports program the gold standard for grade school sports programs.”

He enjoys working with the CSAA to make the Vikings’ programs  successful.

“We want to work hand in hand with the CSAA and follow all their rules and guidelines,” he said. “Without the CSAA we don’t have sports teams at St. Albert, so we want to treat our membership with the respect it deserves.”

Lanning goes the extra yard with his athletic programs, requiring each team to complete a service project each year as a way of giving back.

“We want to be as involved as we can in community service,” he said. “ ... We want to create a culture of family as it pertains to all sports. Winning usually takes care of itself if you have the right people in place.”    

And the Vikings’ football and volleyball teams have done their share of winning in the past year.

“Volleyball had three CSAA runners-up and two CSAA champions,” Lanning said. “We had a team in the finals in five of our eight tournaments. We had multiple undefeated regular-season campaigns as well.

“In football we won the seventh- and eighth-grade Toy Bowl, and we were runners-up in fifth- and sixth-grade Toy Bowl.”

Now the focus has shifted to St. Albert’s basketball program, which is in the midst of its season now.

“All reports I have gotten look great,” Lanning said. “We have 37 teams from first and second to seventh and eighth grade.”

While Lanning talked about the basketball program, he noted that the Vikings need a large of number of volunteers. Last year, 691 students attended St. Albert, the fourth-largest school in the Archdiocese of Louisville.

“I figure it takes almost 500 hours of volunteer work each week during basketball season,” he said. “I feel extremely fortunate to work with such a great group. I try to do anything I can to help these folks get all the tools they need to be successful. With the CSAA tourney coming up, I look for us to be well-represented in those tournaments.”  

And like all CSAA athletic directors, Lanning does the job as a volunteer.  

“I do it for the kids,” he said. “I want them to succeed at all levels, from the fourth-grade C teams to the eighth-grade A teams. I also love working with the great volunteers we have at our school, many of which don’t have kids at Albert anymore.”

Last, but not least, Lanning gives St. Albert’s leadership a lot of credit.

“We have great parish leadership with Fr. Wayne Jenkins and our parish manager, Larry Brunner,” he said. “They both realize how important sports are to the boys and girls of St. Albert, which is a huge plus for me. There is a tremendous amount of logistics and coordination that go into getting sports teams on the floor/field/court, and anything I can do to help each and every team be successful, I will do.”

 

 

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