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SOSA Events

August Retreat

During the final weeks of August, one day is selected to host the annual SOSA Kickoff Retreat.  The Retreat not only provides time to reiterate the values and mission of the SOSA group, but also for group bonding through structured leadership activities.

Below is an agenda from a past summer retreat:

  • 12pm – 12:15: Welcome / What is SOSA?
    • Ice Breaker – Name, Grade, Sport(s)
    • History of program / Purpose of Program
    • Introduce Executive Board / Explain Color Teams & Draft
    • Importance of communication, visibility, liaison to your team
  • 12:15 – 12:30: Department Announcements
    • Pay to Participate/ Student-Athlete Passes
    • Academics & Eligibility
    • Social Media – yours and ours
    • Facilities / Bond Update
    • Playlists / Warm Up Music
  • 12:30 – 1:00: SOSA Expectations / Participation Requirements
    • Salem Strong Events
    • Welcome Back BBQ
  • 1:00 – 1:15: Color Team Break Out
    • Confirm GroupMe / Communication
    • Talk about plan for Salem Strong Event (your team event)
  • 1:15 – 1:30: Individual Sign Ups – salem strong (individual), sosa service, community service
  • 1:30 – 1:00:
    • Blue Crew
    • Working Lunch and Leadership Education (5 types worksheet)
  • 2:00 – 2:45: Activities
    • Twitter Scavenger Hunt inside Salem
    • Individual Leadership Maps
  • 2:45 – 3:00: Closing Comments
    • Game results (prizes – ¼ zips, passes)
    • Large Group Meeting Dates
    • Department Challenge



Salem Strong Events

Each season, the color team leaders chose one home event from each varsity program to make their “Salem Strong” event.  These events are promoted throughout the school through flyers and social media, and ensure that all programs within the Salem Athletic Department feel supported by their peers.

After a game has been selected, the color team leader will work with his or her color team to not only promote attendance at the game, but also to make the players feel appreciated and acknowledged.  This is often done through customized posters and goodie bags.IMG_1327120161006_191949


Halloween Event

On October 29, 2016, SOSA put on its first-ever “Trick or Treat with the Rocks.” This now annual community event is open to all K-5 PCCS students, and provides a night of free, safe trick-or-treating with Salem student-athletes.  Each program is responsible for creating one themed trick-or-treat station, complete with treats and games.  For example, the football program creates the “haunted hallway.”20161029_170138 20161029_170253 20161029_170307 20161029_170321


Reading with Rocks

One of the many community outreach programs facilitated by SOSA is the highly regarded “Reading With Rocks.”  Salem student-athletes travel to PCCS elementary schools and read books to the students.  They additionally answer questions about what it is like to be a high school student, as well as a student-athlete.20170330_091013 20170330_091132


Thankful Tree

Each year around Thanksgiving, the Athletic Department staff creates a paper “thankful tree” that is hung up outside of the athletic office.  SOSA members then take paper leaves and write who or what they are thankful for.



PCCS Elementary Schools Field Days

One of the ways that SOSA gives back to its community is through involvement within the school district.  Each year, the elementary schools host a “field day”; a time when exercise and physical fitness is encouraged and developed through team games and activities.  SOSA student-athletes often volunteer their time to assist in the planning and running of these events.


Leadership Conferences

While leadership lessons are incorporated in every SOSA event and meeting, leadership conferences held in the Metro Detroit area are also utilized to ensure that the student-athletes are receiving the highest quality of leadership education and development.


Wall of Champions

The Wall of Champions program honors Salem High School’s top student-athletes, coaches, administrators, and teams who have made a positive impact on the local community, have earned success on and off the field, and who provide role models for today’s student-athletes.

Since Salem’s doors opened in 1970, our facilities have gone largely unchanged. However, programming and student-athlete participation has near doubled. In order to give our student-athletes the high quality, safe playing environments that allow them to be competitive with local districts, all funds raised from the Wall of Champions program benefit Salem High School Athletics and the Educational Excellence Foundation (501 (c) 3).  All donations are tax-deductible, and all funds are administered by and held with the EEF.

As a way of giving back to the Salem High School community, SOSA representatives volunteer their time to set up, run, and clean up each Wall of Champions induction ceremony.  This provides a fantastic opportunity for theses student-athletes to learn more about the history of Salem High School, the Salem Athletic Department, and their respective programs.IMG_5046


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