Pastor Brandon McIntosh '98 Speaks to The Student-Athletes of Roger Bacon
RB180, a new club developed here at Roger Bacon, had the privilege of welcoming Pastor, Brandon McIntosh '98 back to the halls to speak to our student-athletes about the God-given gift of being a student and an athlete all in one. He was born and raised in Cincinnati and was a four-year varsity starter for Roger Bacon’s basketball team, where he became the second all-time leading scorer in school history. He then went on to play at Xavier University where he graduated in 2001 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice. Sensing a call to ministry, Pastor McIntosh enrolled at Cincinnati Christian University where he did graduate studies in Biblical Foundations. Pastor McIntosh has 12 years of experience working in children and family services and began TEAM RELENTLESS, which is a program that targets at-risk youth and athletes, empowering them to walk in their true purpose. He is currently the senior pastor of the Ebenezer 2nd Baptist Church in Lincoln Heights and most importantly, is the Father of Kingston Levi McIntosh his joy and crown.
RB180, also known as Spartan Leader, is a student lead spiritual life ministry geared toward student-athletes. Spartan Leader reaches students through a variety of avenues. It is a monthly gathering of all students and athletes during school where a guest speaker is brought in to talk to about sports, faith, leadership, and virtue. This event is always followed by a group discussion time called Huddles. During Huddles, students have an opportunity to meet with their classmates, have a mid-day snack, and talk about the intersection of faith and sports.
Pastor Brandon McIntosh spoke on three main topics to focus on as a student-athlete: responsibility, leadership, and faith. He reminded us that as we step on to the court, field, diamond, or whatever it is that we do, to be confident in our ability and show no fear. Responsibility entails protecting and caring for the gift of being a student-athlete that we have been given, whether that be in the classroom, socially, or caring for our health and body. Leadership is more than having the title of "captain," but is the behavior we show to maintain our responsibility. Brandon reminded us that "God created you and gave you a gift, he created you to be seen." Faith is the commitment we make. We are committed to that sport, team, and coach. As Brandon said, "God has us covered” and will always look out for our well-being. Brandon has set a great example for our student-athletes on what it takes to succeed in the classroom and athletically.
Reflecting on this month's meeting, Mr. Michael Mason, Faculty Advisor of RB180 said, "I had only known Brandon McIntosh by reputation before he agreed
to speak to our students, and his message to our students did not disappoint. His commitment to faith, family, community and service is a testimony
to lasting mark that Roger Bacon High School leaves on each of its graduates. Brandon is an excellent role model for our students, and beacon of hope
for countless children in our community. Having him back on campus was an utter joy.”