Each spring, the Yale football team’s rising seniors take a trip to Gettysburg with retired U.S. Army four-star general Stanley McChrystal.
They leave all cell phones, friends and outside distractions behind. The purpose is to bond, learn and grow.
McChrystal talks to the group of Bulldogs about leadership and has a one-on-one discussion with each player. They also tour the battlefield during the two-day retreat with McChrystal and some of those who served with him.
“It puts things into perspective,” said running back Tyler Varga about the trip to Gettysburg. “It’s a good backdrop. We get away, spend time together and focus on figuring out what our responsibility is as Yale football players. We’re a lot tighter after that trip.”
The relationship started in 2012 when Yale hired Tony Reno as head football coach. Reno was looking for a motivational speaker to talk to his new team and set the tone to help rebuild the Bulldogs football program.
That’s nice, but they really need to take all the PoliSci majors, and any major with a “Social” in the title.