Railer Way is an initiative of the coalition to community-wide effort to raise expectations, promote health, and build character and skills in athletes and activities participants in Newton High School.
What is Life of a Railer?
Life of a Railer (LOR) is a program focused on providing our Newton students with the tools they need to reach their goals. Based on a program called Life of an Athlete, LOR teaches youth to think through their goals, whether in athletics, activities, or outside of school, and commit to be the best that they can be. With a comprehensive focus on health and character development, LOR raises the expectations for students not only among their coaches and teachers, but within themselves, encouraging them to make healthy decisions.
Student peer leaders hold teams and participants accountable for their actions. School administration and community encourage positive behavior shown through clear expectations laid out in a Code of Conduct. Importance of diet and sleep as well as mental, physical, and chemical health are emphasized with all students on a weekly basis along with life skills such as trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring, and citizenship. Combining these expectations and skills with support from adults and community members can transform the lives of our Railers and the future of our town.
Life of a Railer is the first step toward a youth-driven culture shift change, positively impacting the culture around youth substance use, around mental and physical health issues, youth leadership, suicide, bullying, connection, economic growth, community contribution, and so much more. Changing this culture can be a difficult thing to do alone, so we need motivated individuals to commit to taking this head on. Together we can raise the bar to create a different story for our youth to be successful in the classroom, on the court, in their passions, and throughout their lives.
John Underwood is an internationally recognized human performance expert, specializing in recovery, peak training, and lifestyle impact on mental and physical performance. An NCAA All American, international-level distance runner, and World Masters Champion, John works with athletes all over the globe. He has coached and advised Olympic and World champions and consulted for the US Navy SEALS, Airforce, and other military projects. Having worked with the Department of Education, the Drug Enforcement Agency, the Department of Justice, the National Federation of High School Athletics, the NCAA, NHL, NBA, US Olympic Committee, John has a passion for helping athletes make healthy decisions to become the best that they can be.