Parents, Teachers, and Coaches. Young people will form a sense of self-worth, for better or worse, based on the input from these groups of adults. The parental role is central. Ideally, teachers and coaches can play a supporting role in a young person’s formation, but that is not to underestimate the tremendous potential influence of these roles. Parental love and support is expected. It’s our job to love our kids. At some point, though, our kids will reach out for the affirmation and encouragement of other respected adults. How many influential people can point back to the influence of a particular teacher or coach in their youth? Someone who saw and named the greatness within them. Someone who encouraged them to reach higher and nurture their dreams. Someone who expected more of them and, in turn, raised the expectations and capacity of that young person.
The stories are endless. That coach who believed in me. That coach who pulled me aside and told me what she saw in me. That coach who wouldn’t let me give less than my best.
These are the stories of today’s leaders; people who go on to influence others. The kids we coach at CPAC are tomorrow’s leaders. They will go on to be leaders in law, medicine, education, business, government, technology, and sport. They will lead, coach, and influence others along the way. The potential ripple effect of an influential coach is staggering in its reach, and represents a long unbroken line of adults who cared.
Coaches have a magic wand, a super power of tremendous potential. For the sake of your kids, and those they will go on to influence, we owe it to the world to teach coaches to wield that power to the greatest extent possible.
That is why we Develop Coaches.