Alisha H.

Lakewood Family YMCA

The way Alisha Hawkins tells it, she fell into coaching last fall when her four-year-old daughter’s soccer team needed a coach. She had no experience and knew very little about sports. What she did know is that she wanted to help. Today, Alisha has just wrapped up volunteering for her third season of youth sports. In addition to being a coach, Alisha is a wife, a mother of two, and works in real estate.

“I’m the type of person who needs to keep busy. The Y has been a great place for us all to connect. Through coaching, I really feel like I make a difference.”

When asked if she had any advice for other aspiring coaches she replied with: “Just do it. Jump in and try it. I don’t think you’ll regret it. It’s a wonderful experience, and I feel better for it. It is an amazing feeling to know that I’ve had a positive impact on these kids. It’s such an easy way to give back."

Some would worry that there aren’t enough hours in the day to volunteer, but Alisha is quick to mention that the time commitment is manageable: an hour during the week; sometimes only 30 minutes. The one hour game on Saturday’s is really easy to look forward to, she says. It’s where she gets to see the kids on her team really shine.

"The truth is that the Y needs more volunteers. These kids need positive role models who can lead with love and encouragement. It’s so easy to do."

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