The Apprentice School Football Team Ready to Kick Off 2022 Season

Published August 30, 2022

As electrician apprentice Charles “Nick” Pierce enters his final season as a tight end on The Apprentice School football team, he is grateful for the unique experience and how it will impact the rest of his life.

“Being an athlete and working full time at Newport News Shipbuilding prepares you for all that life can throw your way. Getting up at 4:30 a.m. and spending 80% of your day away from your home creates a work ethic and habits that transfer to every aspect of life and to our job,” he said. “Most athletes who make it through four years of sports and work will exhibit important sought-after skills on the job such as punctuality, precision, organization and time management.”

In addition to the normal pressures of being a shipbuilder, student and athlete, the COVID-19 pandemic and an injury last year that required surgery and time away from work brought more challenges. But Pierce and the entire team were able to overcome and are ready to give their all on the field this season.

“My expectations going into my final season are to leave a lasting impact,” Pierce said. “I would like to leave the athletic program in a better state than when I came in. Another strong point of emphasis is leadership. Sharpening my leadership skills throughout this last season will prepare me and the team for whatever challenge we face along the way.”

He encourages fellow apprentices and shipbuilders to support the team this fall. The Builders kick off the regular season Sept. 3 at Averett University. The team’s first home game is Sept. 10 against Brevard College. See the full season schedule on MyNNS or visit GoBuilders.com for more information.

As a reminder, The Apprentice School Football Team Shop is open online at https://bsnteamsports.com until Sept. 1. The access code is ASFB6.