To the Valley News:
This fall I was moved by student athlete volunteers in my community. My children participated in the youth soccer program and our little ones turned out in droves! There were nearly 50 children between the Pre-Kindergarten/Kindergarten and first-grade/second-grade groups (those of my children). While I was delighted at the participation, I wondered how it might be possible to keep all those little bodies and minds engaged [with just one coach].
I quickly realized, part of the master plan was to engage older student athletes from our school's soccer teams.These student athlete volunteers served as assistant coaches and so much more to our youngest community members. They played games with the children, provided individual attention, acted as positive role models and created an atmosphere of fun at every “practice.” Knowing how busy these students are their time with the children was truly a gift. Whether they offered one night or many, these students are to be celebrated for their contribution: Connor Apthorp, Jasmin Barnes, Shonna Brooks, Trevor Brooks, Kylee Cassavaugh, Hunter Farrell, Noah Farrell, Brody Hooper, Charlie Huttig, Justin LaPier,Connor Marvin, Jen McGinn, Emily Morris, Hunter Mowery, Timmy LaRock, Terry Thomas.
The children adored them being a part of their experience and I'm certain the student athletes enjoyed themselves as well. I am grateful for all parent and community members who volunteer with our youth programs. Devoted and talented folks who choose to spend their time giving to others, these are unpaid volunteers. Thank you, volunteers. Your gift is lasting.
Jessica Darney Buehler, Elizabethtown