Schools Announce Special Program Series

John O’Sullivan

LONGMEADOW, MA – Longmeadow Public Schools announced last week the Special Programs Committee (SPC) has once again put together a community engagement program designed to help parents and educators understand how to support children and guide them through the challenges of childhood and adolescence.

The program series will begin on Tuesday, Oct. 24 with John O’Sullivan, Director of the Changing the Game Project.

On that day, O’Sullivan will meet with LHS student-athletes immediately after school to discuss how to build positive team culture both off and on the field. At 5 p.m., O’Sullivan will offer a presentation for Longmeadow Recreation Department youth coaches on how to build stronger team cultures and run more effective practices and games. At 7 p.m. in the Longmeadow High School Auditorium,

O’Sullivan will engage parents in a discussion of the ways to help children perform to their potential, while giving them ownership and enjoyment of their sports experience.

O’Sullivan is the author of the national bestselling book “Changing the Game: The Parents Guide to Raising Happy, High-Performing Athletes, Giving Youth Sports Back to Our Kids,” and “Is It Wise to Specialize?” as well as, a contributing writer for the Huffington Post, Soccer America, and NSCAA Soccer Journal.

In addition, O’Sullivan is a nationally recognized speaker, presenting across the country for organizations such as the TEDx Talks, NSCAA, IMG Academy, United Soccer Leagues, and more. He is a former college and professional soccer player, and has spent the past 20 years coaching on the youth, high school and college level.

In early 2013 he left his position with the Portland Timbers of MLS to concentrate full time on the Changing the Game Project, his initiative to educate parents and coaches on creating a “player-first” environment that creates a more positive experience for athletes.

Anyone interested in attending may reserve guaranteed seating for the 7 p.m. presentation at

There is no admission fee for this event.

Save the date for our other two planned events:

• On Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018, the Longmeadow Public Schools will host a community viewing of “Screenagers,” a powerful documentary depicting the impact of technology on children’s lives.

• On Tuesday, March 6, 2018, Longmeadow Public Schools will host Dr. Ned Hallowell, a highly-recognized international speaker and author of “CrazyBusy: Overstretched, Overbooked, and About to Snap!” Dr. Hallowell will help to understand how to “unsnarl our frenzied lives.”