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Florida Keys Youth Sports Foundation
September 30, 2009

Living in a community made up of small Islands the FKYSF has given us all the opportunity to teach,learn and grow no matter our age or gender. I had the honor of being a volunteer coach of a Under 12 basketball team.The experience is one I will cherish the rest of my life. When I first met my Team I thought "No way is this going to work out". I had kids from all walks of life. After our 'Team Meeting' the first day I learned that this was all that some of these kids had to fill a void in their lives. One of our power forwards was a girl that stood 4'7" tall and had never played on a organized team before. Her first shot did not even reach the rim. Her teammates rallied around her throughout the year to the point where she made her first basket during the Leauge Championship game.We also had a chance to teach the kids about the importance of keeping parents under control. We had a 12 year old in our league that had a great advantage of being 6'1". The parents thought that this was an unfair disadvantage and would complain out loud. Well I had a couple of my kids go to their parents and explain that all we had to do was figure out a way to beat him in a fair way.Even though I was proud of their maturity, we lost by two in the championship game.Our purpose with all of this is to teach the kids that they can and will achieve their goals with a little hard work. All of this would not be possible without the help and dedication of the FKYSF. They are always there to help and support in any way to ensure that the kids get what they need. I will always feel good about volunteering because of the support that they give to us the coaches.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Raising money for the area schools

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If I had more time to help

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & Baseball and Basketball Coach.