Becoming a R.E.A.L. man

REAL manBoston College alumnus Frank DiCoccoa football coach at the high school and college level, created a character curriculum called the R.E.A.L. (R-espect all people, E-specially women, A-lways do the right thing, L-ive a life that matters) Man Program to help the young men that he was coaching lead more successful lives. The program, which has been endorsed by the director of the American Football Coaches Association and the director of the Texas High School Coaches Association, is being taught in middle schools, high schools and colleges nationwide. DiCocco wrote books for the program, including Playbook for Manhood: A Game Plan for Being a Real Man. He also authored books about hope and life lessons, including Advice for Life: Insights for Living and Always Hope: A Collection of Insights, Prayers & Blessings. He founded the non-profit H.O.P.E. Foundation for a Better Tomorrow to provide character development programs and scholarships.  DiCocco passed away in 2013 at age 29. His parents have taken up the work of the foundation, spreading awareness of the R.E.A.L. man character program to coaches and educators around the country and bestowing more than a dozen “Coach Frank D.B. DiCocco Memorial Scholarships” to students from Connecticut to Hawaii. To learn more, visit

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