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Hey There

I had a few coaches who stood out to me in my athletic career. My first coach was my Dad. He taught me competence through learning a skill, having confidence in myself, connecting with those around me, and caring for others. Not just through word by deed. He lived what he preached. My Dad is also a pastor.

All About Me

In 1993 I began building youth enrichment programs through sports in urban Atlanta. This work culminated in the 1996 Summer Olympics. I moved to Salt Lake City to start building sports outreach programs for the 2002 Winter Olympics. Then I started Sports Serve to equip coaches to change lives. And because I practice what I preach I’m a soccer coach at Gwinnett Soccer Academy and personal soccer coach through my business Next Level Soccer Academy.

 

Coaches are often among the top 5 most influential adults in a child's life (along with parents, teachers, and religious leaders). This is not a responsibility to be taken lightly. Inadequately trained coaches can unintentionally damage a child's self esteem when simply trying to offer helpful feedback.

 

I have positioned Sports Serve to equip coaches to change lives here in North America and around the world. Your support provides training to fill the gap between what they have access to and what is needed to equip them to change lives.

Some estimate that there are 3.5 million youth sports coaches in the United States. All but a few of these coaches have disciple multiplication training. Many coaches are recruited because their child plays on a team. And while this commitment is admirable, most fail to understand (and are often not informed) that their responsibility extends beyond simply showing up for practices and games.

This was my experience. I played college soccer and later semi-pro soccer, so when my children were young I was recruited to coach them. Because of this background I guess I had an advantage over many coaches. But while I understood the skills needed to play it took longer to learn how to master the role of being a teacher, motivator, mentor, leader, and disciplinarian.

Once I learned these roles I found my purpose in fulfilling the Great Commission.