Getting to Know...Rod Peterson
Drawing Our Blended Family Closer Through Sports
By Rod Peterson, Platinum Executive Consultant
The Peterson family, left to right: Sara, Lorin, Roddy, Rod, Anna and Hank.
Sports have always been a big part of my life. In high school and college, I played football, ran track and rowed. That's why it's really fun, together with wife Lorin, to watch our blended family grow up and encourage one another through all kinds of sporting activities.
Here's the line-up: Hank, 27, played football in high school and college at Concordia College-St. Paul where he's majoring in sports management. Sara, 26, swam through high school and college at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and now is head swim coach at Minnesota Swim Club. Anna, 15, is following her sister's footsteps as a high school swimmer. And there's Roddy, 13, who is into football, lacrosse and hockey.
I believe that sports have drawn our blended family closer together. In fact, the two older kids from Lorin's first marriage have coached teams of our two younger ones. Given the age difference, they remain close and involved in each other's lives - that's what makes a family!
One fun story I recall is that Hank had coached Roddy in football and lacrosse for several years. He is the type of coach that 9- to 13-year-olds love to come to practice, a real Pied Piper. This year, he couldn't coach the spring lacrosse team due to other commitments. Still, he came to Roddy's first game to watch. He sat in the stands for the warm-ups but about five minutes before the game started, he exclaimed: "I can't stand it, I have to be down there." He left the stands and helped coach the team for the rest of the year.
This all adds up to a lot of hours sitting in the stands, which Lorin and I love to do. It's all about family!