The MPRSL, like many soccer clubs , is a volunteer run operation. Translation: We are only as good as the parents and family members we have helping us.
In my time working with the MPRSL, we have had tremendous support. A heartfelt thank you to those who have helped in the past, present, and future.
From coaches to setting up the fields to concessions to those running the league, we are always looking for new help.
From time to time parents have asked me, "Why do you volunteer or coach soccer?"
Soccer is my passion. Love it, love it, love it. I realize I'm probably not in the majority with that answer, however. Other traditional American sports still dominate our landscape, which is okay . Being a soccer person can be the road less traveled some times. It does bring me great satisfaction when I hear other coaches talking about the game or their favorite Premier League team, or US Soccer. Soccer in the US may never reach NFL popularity, again okay, but it has its place at the table of viable options for kids to play.
Besides the tactics and the game itself, the chance to mentor and mold young people is pretty special for someone who is fascinated with leadership and leadership styles.
I am far from a perfect coach. I make mistakes. In fact, A LOT OF MISTAKES. However, I always try to have the kids best interest in mind. I was fortunate to have positive role models as coaches growing up and this is my way of "paying it forward". Whether we as coaches want to admit this or not, we are role models to the kids we coach. Kids are smart. I believe there is an opportunity to model the positive behavior we expect from our children.
I often think to myself when I'm coaching my team, there are future business men and women, maybe a doctor, lawyer, engineer, sales professional, communications person, etc in this group.
Heck, who's knows, maybe even a professional athlete. Well, maybe. One can dream, right? The point being, they can and will make the world a better place.
I want my players to believe anything is possible in life with a little hard work and determination. That, to me, is what soccer is about: hard work and gritty determination. Think about the work that goes into manufacturing a goal sometimes. Players have to be in sync, work together, communicate effectively. All life skills for the work place, by the way.
I believe in civic pride. Like you, I am proud to call Mount Pleasant home. It has been a great place to raise a family and want to do my part to help the community continue to be a thriving place to live.
Lastly, the memories I have made with my son are priceless. I am far more interested in spending my life on experiences than on things. Soccer has allowed those experiences to happen.
Judging from this video, I think I will be helping awhile.
You should too, here's how to get involved.