Cason Sicking, Director of Recreation Ministry at Chapelwood United Methodist Church
I have been blessed incredibly to work with a group of 6th graders from SBMS through the CIS program. I began coaching a soccer team in September 2012 and haven’t stopped since! Once soccer season was over, we moved right into basketball and the boys won their first game! Working with these 6th graders was initially going to be a one sport volunteer chance for me, but once I was able to develop relationships with the kids, I didn’t want to stop. They are great children who just need a little encouragement. Half-way through the soccer season I was already planning how we could continue playing sports the rest of the year because I just enjoyed being around them so much. For me, using sports has been a great way to motivate and encourage the kids to make sure their grades stay high. We don’t allow them to play if they are failing any classes, so we are using sports to help keep their minds on what is really important — their education. The life lessons and teaching opportunities that come from sports have been awesome. Teamwork, resilience, hard work, and sportsmanship are things that I learned from playing sports and I hope that I can share those same life lessons with these boys through soccer, basketball, and baseball!