Many people have different stories, backgrounds or qualities and these all impact them in their own significant ways. The trait that depicts my life the most is my faith.
I grew up and attended school in Streetsboro, Ohio. Playing basketball, baseball and track with my friends was a great experience and my coaches were very good to me. But after my sophomore year in high school a strange serious of events caused me to consider filling out an application to Western Reserve Academy in Hudson, Ohio. "WRA" is an exclusive prep boarding school that is very hard to be admitted to due to their academic expectations and expensive tuition.
Incredibly, everything worked out at the last minute and I made the difficult decision to transfer before my junior year, without even knowing if I'd have a chance to play as much, or at all, in basketball. As it turned out, because WRA required all students to play a sport in each season, I played football my junior and senior year as well as basketball and running track. Though continuing to play well in basketball, my success in football led me to play college football for the University of the Cumberlands (Kentucky) instead of college basketball as I thought I would.
During that last year at Streetsboro, when I was fifteen years old, I fully committed myself to honoring Jesus Christ by asking him to be my Savior. Since that day in my church, I've tried to honor that promise I made to serve him in everything I do. I still have many shortcomings and tribulations in my life, but I have never felt so complete since then.
This spiritual sense of love and compassion has given me a new feeling of purpose and achievement. While attending high school I have tried my best to be an impact as well as an influence to those around me. I attempt to perform this task God has given me in the form of sports, serving others and simply trying to give back to The Creator. I have been continuously blessed in the form of athletics by my Savior; including three years of starting for three varsity sports and being a part of numerous championships. Because of these opportunities, I have been able to lead numerous team prayers before games and take many of my teammates to church. I was able to see over 50 of my closest friends accept Jesus as their Savior and being able to see the Lord grow in them has been a very inspiring experience. My morals, work ethic and outgoing personality sets me apart from other people I know. Everything I have been able to accomplish has been achieved through the strength God has given me and my utmost determination.
Akron U. ROTC Cadet
Ohio National Guard
Akron U. FB. Humanitarian Bowl
U. of the Cumberlands (Ky)
NAIA National Runner-Up 2013
Western Reserve Academy (Hudson,Ohio).
Record setting Receiver
2012 Football Season Stats
8 gms. 62 catches. 1082 yds. 8 TD's.
Editor's note: Being the oldest son of John and Pam Saucier has meant that John has met most of the athletes involved with TEAM JAM. Before his first birthday alone, he accompanied his Dad to over 100 high school visits.
Since then, he accompanied his father as he spoke at chapel services every Friday night for Hudson HS's football team and on the sidelines for games. He was on the bench for Medina First Baptist Christian HS games (Greg Lewis, Scott Stewart) and the filming of Akron St.V-St. Mary basketball games (during Lebron, Romeo, Dru, Sian, and Willie's years), as well as their numerous chapels and devotional meetings.
All these experiences culminated into John providing many of those same experiences for his own teammates in high school. In December of 2013 , he went a step further while at the University of the Cumberlands and signed up with the Army National Guard and ROTC. His transfer after his sophomore season from the U. of Cumberlands to Akron was necessitated by the discontinuing of their ROTC program.