Davidsonville Athletic Association is a non-profit organization administered by a volunteer board whose mission is to promote, encourage, direct and operate athletic programs for the children and youth of the Davidsonville area, Anne Arundel County.

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Gator Football is committed to "Teaching Life Lessons Through Football."  Each year we cover the 12 Pillars of Leadership as the teaching principles of our program.  Each week a characteristic of Leadership will be covered by parents, coaches and players.  The goal here is to mentor our young men in life skills that will last while playing the great game of football.



                     Character                                 Humility

                     Commitment                            Integrity

                     Competence                            Role Model

                     Courage                                   Service

                     Determination                          Vision

                     Honesty                                    Wisdom


CHARACTER - The aggregate of features and traits that form the individual nature of a person or thing  2.  Qualities of honesty, fortitude, etc.; integrity 3.  Reputation

“Once you learn to quit, it becomes a habit.” - Vince Lombardi

COMMITTMENT- The act of committing. 2. The state of being committed.  3.  The act of committing, pledging, or engaging oneself.

“Individual commitment to a group effort – that is what makes a team work.”  Vince Lombardi

COMPETENCE- is the ability of an individual to perform a job properly

“You’ve got to be ready for the fastball.” – Ted Williams, baseball player

COURAGE-  the quality of mind or spirit that enables a person to face difficulty, danger, pain, etc., without fear; bravery.

“There’s no substitute for guts”. - Paul Bear Bryant

DETERMINATION- the act of coming to a decision or of fixing or settling a purpose.

“It does not matter how many times you get knocked down, but how many times you get up.” – Vince Lombardi, football coach

HONESTY- truthfulness, sincerity, or frankness.

“Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom.” -   Thomas Jefferson

HUMILITY- the quality or condition of being humble; modest opinion or estimate of one's own importance, rank, etc.

“You must sacrifice, train, do everything possible to put yourself in a position to win. But if you consider second or third a failure, I feel sorry for you.” – Joe Falcon, runner

INTEGRITY- Adherence to moral and ethical principles; soundness of moral character; honesty.

“I love the winning, I can take the losing. But most of all, I love to play.” – Boris Becker, tennis player

ROLE MODEL - A person whose behavior, example, or success is or can be emulated by others, especially by younger people.

“Being a role model is the most powerful form of educating...too often fathers neglect it because they get so caught up in making a living they forget to make a life.” - John Wooden

SERVICE - An act of helpful activity; help; aid: to do someone a service.

“There is no cause half so sacred as the cause of a people.  There is no idea so uplifting as the idea of the service of humanity.” - Woodrow Wilson

VISION- The act or power of sensing with the eyes; sight. 2.  The act or power of anticipating that which will or may come to be: prophetic vision; the vision of an entrepreneur.

“Vision without action is a dream. Action without vision is simply passing the time. Action with Vision is making a positive difference.  Joel Barker

WISDOM-  the quality or state of being wise; knowledge of what is true or right coupled with just judgment as to action; sagacity, discernment, or insight.

“When you want to win a game, you have to teach. When you lose a game, you have to learn.” – Tom Landry, football coach