As the new sports season begins, the demand for volunteer coaches in youth leagues across various communities is on the rise. While some may see sports as just a fun activity, for many children it serves as a safe space and an opportunity to form strong friendships. Kim Kendall, who volunteers her time to coach her son in basketball at the Hester Community Center in Boynton Beach, emphasizes the importance of sports in both skill development and parent-child bonding.

Kendall notes that youth coaches play a crucial role in shaping young minds by providing them with structure, support and belief in their abilities. Boynton Beach Administrator Todd Johnson agrees, noting that while the teams are ready to go, more volunteer coaches are still needed to ensure smooth operations for the upcoming season. Johnson also recognizes the need for assistant coaches to guarantee that all children can participate in sport.

In Palm Beach Gardens, Manolo Calvo, president of the Palm Beach Gardens Youth Athletic Association, highlights the critical role that parent volunteers play in running recreational sports programs. With an increasing number of children participating in sports such as soccer and baseball, Calvo emphasizes that these programs operate at a low cost to families thanks to the efforts of dedicated parent volunteers. However, with growing interest in youth sports comes a challenge – ensuring kids have access to quality coaching and support. Programs like this won’t have to cut teams but will have to keep up with the growing demand for coaches and assistants.

Overall, volunteering as a coach or assistant coach is an excellent way to give back to your community while helping children develop important skills and build lasting friendships.

By Samantha Johnson

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