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Player Development. Character. Leadership.

Thunder Gives Back

Thunder Gives Back - Beyond the Pitch is a volunteer program where players in the club can come together as a team or individuals and give back to this great community.

At TUMFC, our player development goals go "beyond the pitch". Volunteers are often the glue that holds a community together. Volunteering allows you to connect to your community and make it a better place. However, volunteering is a two-way street, and it can benefit you and your family as much as the cause you choose to help.

Volunteering is a proven way to promote personal growth and self esteem. Understanding community needs helps foster empathy and self-efficacy. The skills a TUMFC player develops through volunteering cannot be duplicated on the playing field.

Our ultimate goal at Thunder United Metro Futbol Club is to teach, coach, and challenge the players at our club to be the very best they can be...on the field and in life!

THE HONORABLE ROBERT A. MCDONALD, SECRETARY OF THE DEPARTMENT OF VETERAN AFFAIRS

I recently had the pleasure of speaking with the Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs and former Procter and Gamble CEO, Robert A. McDonald. “Bob”, as he asks to be referred to, has been a leader in the military, private sector, and now the Department of Veterans Affairs.  While at Procter and Gamble, he shared his “Values-Based Leadership” beliefs in 10 principles called “What I Believe In”.

I discussed with Bob, Thunder United Metro FC’s desire to provide our members with the highest quality player development, along with character building and leadership. I asked if he could share with TUMFC his thoughts on the importance character and leadership have in life and on the soccer field.   Rick Markich, President, Thunder United Metro FC

These are the words Bob offered to the players and parents of Thunder United Metro FC:

“Upon the fields of friendly strife are sown the seeds that, upon other fields, on other days, will bear the fruits of victory.” These are the words of General Douglas MacArthur, one of our Nation’s greatest military leaders. General MacArthur was a 1903 graduate and the 31st Superintendent of the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York. Here, General MacArthur refers first to the fields of athletic competition, where young men and women strengthen their bodies, sharpen their minds, and test their skill and courage against others. He understood that fierce competition, sportsmanship, and discipline not only helped build athletes’ physical strength, but also, and more importantly, helped grow them into strong leaders with great character.

Character is the most important trait of a leader. Character means putting the needs of the team or organization above your own needs. Soccer is a classic team sport that can grow leaders with character. No one player can win the game, and just as important as the players who score goals are the players who provide assists and the strong midfielders and defense pushing the ball up the field. Inevitably, teams with strong character will win, defeating teams of individuals playing for personal glory. Leaders of strong character give all the team members the motivation to work together, to work for one another, to take advantage of strengths and overcome challenges, and to conduct themselves with the kind of character necessary to succeed – not just on the “fields of friendly strife,” but in all endeavors.

Play hard. Play fair. Good luck.

Bob McDonald

Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs