Quarterback of the Detroit Lions and Middlefield native Tim Boyle took time out of his busy training schedule to visit middle school students at The Independent Day School on Monday, July 19.
Boyle, who was a standout quarterback at nearby Xavier High School, spent the morning playing touch-football with the members of the middle school division. Serving as the automatic quarterback, Boyle zipped footballs through the warm summer air while helping every student get involved and seeing action. He even called for a few trick plays, which the students thoroughly enjoyed executing.
After the entertaining contest, everyone gathered around for a well-deserved cookout, which provided an opportunity for Boyle to have conversations with all of the students, while also signing autographs and taking pictures with them as well.
While the football game was fun and the cookout was delicious, the most important aspect of Boyle’s visit came afterward when he spoke to the students, as well as to younger children from the IDS Fearless Summer Camp, about the importance of working hard, overcoming adversity, and inspiring others to be the best version of themselves. He reflected on how his career has not always been easy, and that while there are many ups and downs in life, the students need to focus on the things they can control, and when things do not go their way, take a deep breath and move on.
"As someone who watched Tim both on and off of the field during his high school days, I cannot be more proud of the man that he has become," said David Sizemore, Assistant Head of School at IDS who served as one of Boyle's Academic Deans when he was a student at Xavier. "Tim's message of encouragement and belief in oneself was so well received by our students. A great time was indeed had by all!"
Boyle’s message truly exemplifies what it means to be a student at IDS and how to engage the motto of “Fearless Learning.” We want to thank him for all of his time and for providing our students with an experience that they will never forget!
Boyle’s visit to IDS was featured by NBC Sports Connecticut and can be viewed here.