Stefano’s Experience As a Coach

This year, I spent five hours of my Sunday afternoon coaching underprivileged kids in Chinatown. This opportunity was presented to me through my former coach from when I was about 8 years old, showing how important it is to stay in contact with people you are close to. This was the type of connection that I was striving to have with my students. I am glad to say that through teaching I was able to achieve a connection beyond the soccer world with the children. At the start of the year, most of the kids came in without actually having much skill. Some kids were more advanced than others and so one of the challenges of coaching was trying to make the less skillful kids better while still helping the more advanced soccer players continue to improve. I can gladly say that now, at the end of the year, all the kids have improved. It has been great to watch and fun to help these kids gain a new skill that they can continue to improve upon in the future, with or without my help. Therefore, I loved the whole experience that I had working as a coach and am glad that I can do it next year as well.

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