It’s easy to eye-roll through conversations on ‘what’s wrong with college kids these days‘.  “Those kids” seem to dismiss tradition, deliver self-absorbed diatribes and parade through institutions with a lack of respect for those who have contributed stewardship to our Nation.

But the eye-roll is an injustice to selfless college kids dedicated to raising the bar for the greater good.

Teammates from Southern Methodist University and Boston College’s Football programs distinguish themselves from “those kids.”  Over their holiday break, players from both highly competitive football programs committed their time to doing charitable deeds around Boston. Their goal was to share hope and love with disadvantaged kids before they took the field at historic Fenway Park.

Michael Welts, Chief Marketing Officer of Wasabi Technologies, a cloud storage company, introduced football coaches and players from SMU and BC to members of the media as role-models of excellence. The pre-Wasabi-bowl-game press event, held at the Museum of Science in Cambridge, was charged with an electrifying sense of anticipation between successful rivals as they talked about football but more importantly, the greater lessons in life.

Michael Welts : 12/27/23 Museum of Science Cambridge, Ma

Welts said hosting the Wasabi Bowl in Boston represents synergy between the City and these outstanding football teams in three ways: “A love for Tradition, Teamwork and Teaching Institutions. These shared values honor education on every level while developing and strengthening community ties.”

World Series trophies won by the Boston Red Sox were displayed in the conference room. These hallmarks of success in baseball stood as beacons paying homage to the academic and physical achievements of the football players from both colligate teams.

Red Sox Super Bowl Trophies welcome SMU Mustang’s and Boston College Eagles to the Pre-Wasabi-Bowl-Game Press Conference


Rhett Lashlee : Southern Methodist University Football Coach and players at The Museum of Science Cambridge Ma. / Wasabi Bowl pre-game-press conference 12/27/23


Jeff Hawley : Boston College Football Coach and players at The Museum of Science Cambridge Ma./ Wasabi Bowl pre-game conference 12/27/23

The press event covered predictable questions of field-positions, point-spreads and the stuff of underdog status. But, an off-beat question revealed a more thoughtful side to the players from both teams. STP-News asked Seniors to consider how their college programs prepared them for life after-school.

Boston College, Line-backer, Vinny DePalma fielded the question without hesitation. He said it’s been a privilege to be part of Boston College’s historic campus. The football program has enhanced his determination to honor commitments while academically rigorous expectations have reinforced his faith. He underscored the value of team-work, especially in the face of challenges.

Vinny DePalma: BC Line-backer

Sean Scott : SMU Offensive Lineman

SMU’s Offensive Lineman, Sean Scott echo’ed his competitors thoughts. He expects to use character building skills developed at SMU to tackle any brick-wall that challenges him in life ahead. His ambition is to play in the NFL with people who also honor faith with humility and are committed to principles of integrity that are fundamentals of the Dallas program.

The Wasabi-bowl ended with the BC Eagles upsetting the SMU Mustangs 23/14. Competitive from start-to-finish the match-up offered an exciting football game.  But more importantly, these college kids delivered what the Wasabi-bowl promised, a love for Tradition and respect for Teamwork from students determined to share their commitment to excellence on all fields.

Well played!




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