December 14th, 2017

Hyland's Heroes: T.J. Jessie

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Conor Revell

Staff Writer

Hyland's Heroes: T.J. Jessie
T.J. and her son / photo provided by T.J. Jessie

The following feature is a part of a bi-weekly series, sponsored by Hyland Insurance. "Hyland's Heroes" is a series of profiles that spotlight Louisville area Catholic volunteers, coaches and administrators who assist athletic programs and teams, and help promote excellence in all aspects of sports. If you have a suggestion for Hyland’s Heroes, feel free to email Conor Revell (

T.J. Jessie is the athletic director at St. Leonard and is this week’s Hyland’s Insurance Hero.

When and how did you get your start with the athletic program?

I began my position as athletic director in September.  The position was open and I was the first to volunteer.

What’s the connection with your faith and giving your time to student athletes?

We are to love others as we love ourselves. Being A.D. is love in action. It gives me a chance to help others develop as I develop myself.

Who was the most influential person on your volunteer career? Why?

Father Ron Knott. His encouraging homilies at the Cathedral of the Assumption inspired me to volunteer for the Hospitality Ministry, Adult Catholics Together (young adult ministry), and to become a student in the Archdiocese's Ministry Formation Program.

What are your major themes/principle as a volunteer?

How can I help others improve their experiences?

What does your role bring your family?

A bond. We will always have memories of games, practices, and fish frys. It brings an example of how we can serve others

What are the fondest experiences or memories you have of your volunteer time?

With only three months in this position, it is getting to know others in the parish/school community. I enjoy connecting with others. Plus, it makes my son happy to see me involved in his school.


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