FTP: Coaches & Teachers

Gary Karschner
Gary Karschner is the pastor at Miles First United Methodist Church

Last Monday I had the pleasure of watching the “little ones”, better known as the Little Dribblers, show off their basketball skills at the “old gym” in Miles.  It was a hoot seeing the kids concentrate on dribbling the ball and at the same time trying to move down the court. I can tell you some get it and some don’t and they don’t care, because their shoes are cool and they match their basketball. Did I mention they all did these skills while occasionally “picking a wedgie”? (Sometimes one has to do what one has to do). I want to personally thank the coaches and volunteers who make these activities possible. These are when the building blocks are laid for creating quality athletes.

As a former youth soccer coach I personally want to thank the parents, grandparents and taxi drivers who get these athletes to practice on time. Thank you for your punctuality. Also, please remember to pick up your children and/or grandkids from practice when practice IS OVER. Sadly,  on more than one occasion, I had to take a youth home because the parents forgot to get their child from practice. Yes, it happens. I coached before cell phones were around so getting in touch with parents was a challenge. Please remember to thank all your past and present coaches at all levels. They do/did more than coach. Congratulations to all the athletes moving on in their respective sports. Good luck as you compete at the next level. Remember it was a coach or coaches who taught you the skills to move you on as an exceptional athlete.

The same thing goes for teachers. They do so much more than teach a subject in the classroom. Give them a special word of appreciation or send them a special gift.  Do you have a special teacher or coach you hold in high regard? Yeah, I think we all have that one that stands out.

Note, KCSA radio and the Miles Methodist Church will air a  special program celebrating the one year anniversary of the radio program, The Miles Circuit Rider.  This will air this coming Sunday at its regular time of 10:00 A.M. It will also air again at 7:00 P.M. on  97.1, KCSA radio. This can also be found at KCSAradio.com on your computer. It does not seem possible we have been on the air for one year already. Time flies. Be Well, Gary K.