Being in Waterford has afforded me the opportunity of creating great bonds with not only the children I coach, but also their families. Their families have been nothing but welcoming and willing to lend a helping hand when needed. Since being here, I have developed a great relationship with one of my players and her family. I coach her at least 3 days out of the week, so I am around her and her family a lot. One day, her mother who does a lot to help Brittney and I, called me asking if I was available to babysit her three children at the last minute. This may be out of the ordinary to some, but as soon as she asked, I was delighted and excited to do it (and to be honest, I felt honored in a sense). I know, you’re probably thinking, “why would you be so excited to babysit?” But for me, it’s more than just babysitting. It’s about being able to build a relationship on and off the court with the kids I coach and their families. I will remember having a great time as a coach, but building relationships and spending time with the kids on and off the court and creating lasting memories from things as simple as babysitting are what matter most.
SN: We spent the night playing Monopoly, and lets just say the game didn’t exactly go in my favor and a 12 and 5 year old had better success than me. Hopefully I’ll have better luck next time.