This is a sponsored post for SheSpeaks/POWERADE. All opinions are mine alone.
This year when my daughters told me they wanted to play softball I was thrilled. I grew up in a very athletic family, and I played softball, so naturally I am excited about watching them play a sport I love.
My husband has always been very involved in sports, and he has never backed down from helping young athletes grow even if he had never played the sport they needed him for. Over the past ten years, my husband has coached basketball, baseball, and even soccer teams. He has always encouraged our athletes to participate in sports, and he has always been willing to offer any help he can on their teams (which usually means he'll be coaching).
Watching him over the years has inspired me to invest in young athletes as well. This year I volunteered to be a coach, but they didn't need additional softball coaches, so I decided to make the field my backyard instead. Having played softball for so many years and watching my husband encourage and train young athletes, I feel like I have everything I need to help my little athletes learn how to work hard, practice and never give up, while building their confidence.
While I would never compare what I am doing, to what my husband has done, I feel like watching him has prepared me to coach in the future, and I hope I have that opportunity. My husband was very good at making the athletes feel loved and cared about while giving them skills that will go far beyond any baseball diamond or basketball court.
Of course, over the years, I have learned that coaches aren't the only ones who see the potential in every young athlete. Moms and coaches alike fuel their athletic potential by making sure they have everything they need to play their best. From pregame meals, driving carpool, to making sure the team is hydrated, mom carries the team, while dad makes sure everyone knows how to play!
Growing up in such an athletic family I quickly learned that team moms do A LOT of work. My mom was just as active in our sports as my dad was. She would prep snacks, make the calls for practices and games, and she would even keep the score. Playing sports made more of an impact on my family than I ever realized. Today when I'm outside playing with my athelets I know that I'm making a difference.
It feels nice to break away from the screens and distractions of life to spend time outside with my athletes teaching them life lessons they will never forget.
While it may seem overwhelming, if you ever have the chance to coach young athletes or even take on the position of team mom, I highly encourage you to do so. You might just change a life!
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