Coach a little, gain a lot!

Coach_A_LittleEvery spring the snow melts, the ground turns to quicksand and kids long for school to be out. My son is wrapping up fifth grade and is about to start his third sports season with baseball.  I am lucky enough to have the opportunity to coach his pee wee baseball team for the second year. He had different coaches for basketball and football and I cannot thank them enough for providing structure and inspiration to the youth they lead. 

These programs cannot happen, regardless of community size, without volunteer coaches stepping up. You didn't have to be the best player or have the most experience, you just need to care. Whether it is coaching sports, music, performing arts or volunteering in some capacity, every organization is in need. Three hours a week could help a reading program continue at your local library or a food pantry have fully  stocked shelves. Two hours a week walking dogs let's your local humane society find more pets homes. And one hour a week picking up trash helps keep our communities clean and beautiful.

Coaching can be a large time commitment, but now I cannot imagine not doing it. Hopefully this month we can all find some time to volunteer and give back to our communities. And if you have passion for a sport, consider volunteering to coach. Your players will teach you more than you will teach them!

Posted by Jake Johnson on
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