Posted on: May 26, 2017

Portland Police Announce SEALSfit “11” Graduation

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The Portland Police Department and the Maine Leadership Institute are pleased to announce that 14 proud Portland-area high school students will be receiving diplomas at 4:00 PM on May 26th at Police Headquarters, 109 Middle Street. As the 11th graduating class of the SEALSfit program, these students have participated in an intensive seven week program in leadership, character, ethics and physical training. 

The program requires 28 hours of training in physical resiliency and mental toughness, as well as 14 hours of interpersonal skill development that focuses on developing life skills for success. Some of the areas of study include active listening, body language, giving feedback, attentiveness and selflessness.

Physical workouts for the seventeen young men and women are conducted on the exercise trails of Portland’s Back Cove and embody the spirit of team leadership. These are delivered under the tutelage of retired US Navy SEALs who have helped each student to personally experience the SEALs’ motto, “The only easy day is yesterday.” 

The students come from a mix of schools in Greater Portland and reflect the full diversity of the Portland community – race, gender, religion and ethnicity.  As this 11th SEALSfit program comes to a successful close, Walter Corey, founder of the Maine Leadership Institute, observes:  "The quality of students that the program is attracting continues to be impressive. In spite of having already achieved much in their lives, we continue to see dramatic growth in the leadership skills of these young adults as well as a resolve to meet head on some of the big issues facing them in school, such as cyberbullying. These young leaders are on a growth trajectory".

The physical fitness element of the SEALSfit Program is directed by Mike Gray, a retired SEAL, with a full complement of trainer/mentors from federal, state and local law enforcement agencies.  Results achieved are impressive.  In the words of Mr. Gray: “Although we require no specific physical ability to participate in the program, the results from our last Physical Fitness test were just what we hope for -  significant levels of improvement from the beginning of the program that reflect the commitment of the team to excellence.” 

SEALSfit is a partnership of the Maine Leadership Institute and the Portland Police Department. Session eleven was made possible by the support of Maine State DHHS. 

For further information, contact Lt. Glen McGary of the Portland Police Department glenm@portlandmaine.gov 207-874-8927, or Richard Borts rborts@mainelit.org of the Maine Leadership Institute 207-774-8711.

Portland Police Department