Celebrating the Coaches in Our Lives

It’s about more than just endless hours of kicking goals, repeated pitches or running for miles. Coaches help us get better—and provide life lessons along the way.

This week is the time to show our appreciation for the dedication they show day in and day out. Dedication to helping us be better athletes, and even better people. Today marks the beginning of International Coaching Week, and there are plenty of ways to show your appreciation. Here are some of the best ways to celebrate the past, present and future coaches in your life.

Coaches of Practices Past
At the time, it seemed like they were out to get you. But looking back, past coaches were just pushing us to be better. Now that we’re older (and maybe a little wiser) we understand all of those early morning practices, added sprints and extra hours at the gym. So let your past coaches know you get it.

Call up a coach from your past that had a particular impact. Share a lesson you learned, reminisce about a funny moment during practice or just call to check in. Just a few minutes of your day will leave a huge impression on a past coach.

Don’t have a coach from the past? No problem. Use the same tactic on anybody who has had a big impact on your life.

The Coaches of Today
Let’s face it—sports aren’t for everyone. We’d rather some people warm the bench instead of potentially hurting themselves on the field. But that doesn’t mean you can’t be involved in giving back. Host an event for a community coach or even your child’s coach.

Parents can spend more time getting to know the person or people who are impacting their children’s lives. Plus, they can come together to simply say thanks. Throwing an event in his or her honor will be a win-win for everybody.

Be a Coach of the Future
It’s never too late to embark on the coaching career that could have a huge impact on your life and the lives of others.

You don’t have to be good. You don’t even have to know much about the sport. Coaches are constantly needed. What you don’t know you can pick up from outside sources. Lace up your shoes, hit the field and get ready to help out. It takes time and effort, but the reward involved will far surpass any downside to coaching.

How will you honor a coach or help make a difference this week?

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