Round Rock parents leave their mark during Polish & Pray
Round Rock head football coach Jeff Cheatham first head about "Polish & Pray" after a conversation with Ron Rittiman, head coach at Johnson High School in San Antonio. Over the last five years, it's become a staple of the Dragons' program and a way for parents to leave their mark on the team.
The night before every game, a group of visitors pack the Round Rock locker room. And the stench they're welcomed by is… UNPLEASANT.
Round Rock football mom Lisa Rowden said, "I actually think I would prefer a dirty diaper over the varsity locker room."
But their reason for gathering is worth it.
"The parents probably enjoy it a little bit more than the boys, which is awesome!" said Andrea Millers, the varsity rep for Round Rock Football.
It's Year 5 of the "Polish & Pray" tradition. Parents gather to shine helmets, leave inspirational quotes, and prepare their sons lockers for gameday.
"I do some bible verses and just some inspirational messages for him to have and see throughout the week and especially game day," said Michelle Carson.
Round Rock head football coach Jeff Cheatham said, "This allows for our parents to be a part of the Friday night experience."
For varsity moms like Leslie Rowden the camaraderie is also a way to ease their gameday worries. "It's a dangerous sport and I think feeling the support we have as a group and as a family certainly helps from a mother's perspective as we're nervous on the sideline," she said.
Finally, each night ends with a quick prayer. In the grand scheme of parenting "Polish & Pray" is a small gesture, but one with a massive impact.
"I don't know if any other teams are doing it, but it gets us so ready for Friday, it's a big part of it," said senior linebacker Ashton Millers.
Each week parents enter as visitors, but leave a closer community.