ELLIOT LAKE – Since 2015, the second week in April in Ontario is recognized as Ontario Coaches Week. This special awareness week provides us with an opportunity to recognize and celebrate the life-long, positive impact that these noble volunteers can have on our youth and communities.
“If you are looking for an opportunity to make a real difference in people’s lives, you may not need to look further than your local sports field, court, or athletic complex. Coaches have an opportunity that sometimes parents don’t have,” said MPP Michael Mantha. “No matter what age level the participants, coaches can make a difference through special connections and teaching opportunities.”
Most people think of sports as just entertainment or exercise. For others it’s just a break or diversion from the realities of life. But for some of our youth, sports is by no means an ‘extra’. For them, they see sports in themselves as a genuine path to learning how hard work, practice, perseverance, and fair play are the skills they need to make it in life, no matter what their path may be.
Mantha went on to say, “The true results of a coach are not only evident on the field, on the court, in the gym, on the track or on the ice. The true, long-term impact of a coach can be evidenced throughout a person’s life.” Colorado American Football coach Bill McCartney said, “All coaching is, is taking a player where he can’t take himself.” Coaches teach us that we can do far more than we ever would have believed we can do. And they teach us the strength and value of team work.
“I have thoroughly enjoyed my days of coaching youth in soccer, baseball and volleyball. Here in Algoma-Manitoulin we are blessed with an abundance of opportunities to enjoy every kind of active lifestyle one can imagine. And throughout our lives we don’t always take time to appreciate all the time and effort that local coaches offer to enrich our community and personal lives. During Ontario Coaches Week, take a moment to connect with your child’s coach, or maybe even one of your own from days gone by to say thanks for making a difference.”