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Volunteer of the Month: James Lathrop

Apr 25, 2016, 14:22 PM by

YMCA sports programs are different from other sports programs. We like to emphasize the character-building aspects of sports — not just the number of points scored or a team's won-loss season record. And we like it when our volunteer coaches reaffirm lessons of sportsmanship and teamwork during practices and games.

James Lathrop is just that kind of coach. Not only does he have enthusiasm for the game and coaching, he has a unique ability to ensure that his team is having fun and growing as people win or lose.

In His Own Words James-lathrop-edited

How long have you volunteered for the Y? I have volunteered at the Y going on three years.

I support the Y by:  Volunteering to coach soccer, baseball, basketball and flag football year round. 

I volunteer with the Y because: They have a great back round and many years of experience with volunteers. It is also a family friendly place.

Volunteering in general is important to me because… It allows me to teach kids a sport they may have never played before. Volunteering also gives me the chance to teach kids about teamwork and working together to have a fun time while playing sports. 

What’s your advice for people who are thinking about volunteering for the Y? My advice for people thinking about volunteering is, stop thinking about it and go do it. It is a great experience. You will really enjoy being with the kids and helping them learn a sport along with sportsmanship, all while having a fun time. It is a very rewarding feeling to watch your kids get better and better throughout each season. I've also become friends with the parents of the kids I coach. 

What’s your favorite part of volunteering? My favorite part about volunteering is watching the kids have a fun time together. I really enjoy watching the kids learn and progress through each season we have together. It is always a great time when everyone is laughing, smiling and coming together as a team. Together, we support each other to achieve one goal, have fun and learn the team sport and sportsmanship that goes along with the whole process. The kids make volunteering for me a great time. 

In Our Words

"James is a fantastic coach. He is not only a great coach to his kids—but for the Y. James is all about sportsmanship, even if his team is getting beat. James is always enthusiastic on Saturday mornings and makes sure every one of his players is having a great time. It is not about winning and losing to James, it's about having fun! We are very grateful to have James lead a team of strong players up in Longmont this season!" — Ben Whitener, YMCA Associate Sports Director 

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