Our mission is to increase athletic and educational opportunities for economically disadvantaged youth who epitomize the Count On Me core values through the sport of lacrosse.
Coach Sennett lived his life in a Christ-like manner, and our vision is to share the values that Coach Sennett shared. The Michael Sennett Count on Me Foundation strives to create opportunities for young people in the St. Louis community who are capable and committed to doing more with their lives. We guide youth and teens to enable them to reach their athletic and academic potential, maximize their talents and achieve self-sufficiency. By removing economic barriers to quality athletic opportunities and education, we help young people develop their mind, body and spirit. We use the game of lacrosse to instill self-discipline and provide mentoring to build strong relationships and self confidence.
Count on Me Core Values:
- Commitment to Magis (Derived from Latin phrase that means "more" or "greater")
- Academic Excellence
- Personal Growth through sport
- Charity and Public Service
- Self-Discipline to do the right thing, the right way
- Fighting through adversity
The Michael Sennett Count on Me Foundation was formally established by a group of former DeSmet Jesuit High School lacrosse players in 2011 with the desire to carry on the core values that Sennett exemplified throughout his life. Mike “Steel” Sennett was the head lacrosse coach of DeSmet Jesuit High School from 1992 through 2007 when he died suddenly of a heart attack on April 28, 2007. The DeSmet lacrosse teams breaks its huddle with a "1-2-3 Count on Me" cheer, first introduced by Sennett as a simple three words that convey his focus on serving others.
About the namesake, taken from his obituary:
Michael Patrick 'Mike' Sennett founder and head lacrosse coach at DeSmet Jesuit High School and whose leadership and passion for the sport led to its rapid growth in Missouri, died unexpectedly last Saturday while with his team at a lacrosse tournament near South Bend, Indiana. He was 38. Mike, a native of Detroit, played high school ball at Brother Rice in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. He went on to play college lacrosse at the University of Notre Dame where he was a three-time monogram winner at attack and served as team captain for the Fighting Irish his senior year. Mike received a Bachelor of Arts in American Studies from Notre Dame in 1991. Upon graduation, he moved to St. Louis to accept a position as Financial Representative with Northwestern Mutual - The Hempstead Agency in Clayton, Missouri. Mike continued his service with the agency for the next seventeen years building strong personal relationships with clients throughout the Mid-West addressing their advanced business and individual estate planning needs.
Immediately upon his arrival in the St. Louis area in 1991, Mike founded and became head coach of the lacrosse program at DeSmet Jesuit High School, on of the first teams to play lacrosse in the State of Missouri. His early efforts led to the establishment of the Missouri Scholastic Lacrosse Association, the governing body for boys and girls lacrosse Missouri, and to the explosive growth of the sport throughout the state. The Spartans won a record six Missouri High School State Championships under Coach Sennett. Over the years, Mike started numerous leagues, camps and clinics for youth and high school players. He earned Coach of the Year honors and won Lacrosse Man of the Year awards. Mike coached Missouri all-star teams in national events and was selected to coach national teams in US Lacrosse events. Through his efforts scores of players became high school All-Americans and dozens upon dozens of student-athletes went on to play college lacrosse at the highest levels. Annually, Mike Sennett brought top-ranked NCAA teams to the St. Louis Fall Face-Off earning nationwide exposure, recognition and respect for Missouri. In 2005, Coach Sennett was elected into the inaugural class of the Missouri Lacrosse Hall of Fame.
Despite all the accolades and success, what best describes the heart of Mike Sennett was the advice he gave his team immediately after DeSmet won its first-ever state championship in 1996. Coach Sennett instructed his players, 'Don't ever stop giving back...don't ever stop.' Throughout his life, Mike Sennett never stopped giving back. Mike endeared his life to Christ. As an active member of St. Clement's Parish, he helped organize and lead youth group activities. He served as volunteer fireman for the Boles Fire Protection District in Franklin County, Missouri. Mike took on many roles in the Christian Business Men's Club. Acting upon his faith, Mike served as counselor during numerous Jesuit-sponsored Kairos retreats for high school aged young men. Most recently, Coach Sennett worked to found a lacrosse program at Matthews-Dickey Boys and Girls Club this Spring. While accomplishing so much, what made Coach Sennett most proud was the large number of former players who went on to coach lacrosse at the youth and high school levels. The young men he coached and mentored for the last sixteen years of his life could be counted on to 'never stop giving back.' As a tribute to the contributions Coach Sennett has made to lacrosse, teams across the state will wear special helmet decals that read, 'Count On Me' throughout the remainder of the season. Mike Sennett's inspiration, joy and unending love of life revolved around his family.
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