Lauren MacNeill writes:
The other weekend, as I spent many hours watching my son play sports, I thought about all the hours that the coaches put in for practices and games.
The parents who volunteer to coach their kids’ teams time and time again are really unsung heroes.
After a rough loss at flag football, throwing both a touchdown and then an interception, my son left the field in tears. His Coach — Todd Freemon — noticed, and took the time to come over and have a nice one-on0one chat.
He told him all the things you’d want your kid to be told, including not to take it all on himself. Then he made him laugh about his teammate who left his flags in the port-a-potty during the game.
I know a lot of these dads (and moms) work hard during the week. Then they get out there to manage a group of sometimes unruly kids, not to mention the joys and challenges of coaching your own kid (which my husband knows well).
The coaches do it so that the games can be played and kids can have fun, but more importantly so that they can learn many life lessons about how to win, how to lose, how to be a good teammate and how to keep trying.
Thank you to Todd, and all the parents who take one for the team, and manage our kids with enthusiasm and grace.
Thanks, Lauren. If you’re a youth sports coach — or have been one — you are this week’s Unsung Hero. If you’re not: Hopefully you’ve supported your kid’s coaches in the past!