We all have our gifts to share and if yours happens to be working with kids, the Boys and Girls Club of Bay County needs your help.
The Youth Basketball League is registering players right now and they are short coaches!!!!
If you have a gift of working with children, i.e you can motivate them, have fun with them and ENJOY working with them…..Boys and Girls Clubs needs your help. And if you happen to know something about basketball, well that is a BONUS! Intimate knowledge of basketball or coaching is not as important as a desire to use a physical sport as a vehicle for positive self esteem.
Who do you know that can get kids moving and having fun using a sport? Man, woman, young or old, college student, retired teacher, the youth leader at church,….who do you know?
Please keep in mind, this volunteer position would require a time commitment of 2 to 3 hours during season and would require the person to be at least 18 years of age and a background check so all the Boys and Girls Clubs normal safety protocols are followed.
The Boys and Girls Club is an after care program that provides a safe place for kids to go after school and during the summer so parents can go to work with peace of mind. In addition to providing affordable child care, the club provides enrichment activities, time for homework and FREE recreational co-ed sports such as street hockey and basketball.
Currently in Bay County there are three locations: C.C & Vivian Moore in St. Andrews (850-763-3546), The Chapman Unit in Millville (850-785-2747) and the Frank Brown Beach Unit just east of Hwy 79 on Panama City Beach. (850-236-3030)
Not only do all three locations offer sports programs to members for FREE, the programs are open to non-members as well.
As street hockey winds down, Basketball is starting with registration open until October 25th. The basketball league provides a positive outlet for co-ed students ages 7 to 16 years old and normally involves a time commitment of a couple hours a week. It is a no pressure commitment with beginners always welcome.
Basketball practice begins November 4th with games beginning December 12th with a break for winter recess when school is out of session for the holidays.
As a parent who has tried out many solutions for after care, I can say so far the Boys and Girls Club has been the most positive program for my child. For the first time ever, he is showing an interest in team sports. He even wants to play basketball and he has never held a basketball in his life, that I am aware! So his desire to play is a testament to the kind of encouraging environment their staff and volunteers create in this program.
About a month ago during a street hockey game, my son Jack (he attends the Frank Brown club) kept looking at me during his game and smiling. I was so overwhelmed with gratitude for this program, it was hard to hold back the tears. My fervent hope is that right people and resources will continue to bless Boys and Girls Club so they continue with their mission that touches so many lives.
If you or someone you know might have interest in one of the volunteer coach positions or perhaps your business might want to help with supplies or sponsor a team, please email Ryan Roberts at firstname.lastname@example.org or call him at the Frank Brown Unit at 850-236-3030.
You can also see what the club is up to by visiting their FACEBOOK page.