My husband and I coach special needs kids in soccer with the Tallahassee Tottenham Hotspur Football Club - we’ve been doing that for six seasons now. We both played soccer, we both coached our kids and we wanted to get back into coaching but we didn’t want to get back into all the stress of competition and travel, so I put up a feeler out on Facebook and a gentlemen contacted us - we came out and volunteered and the next year it turns out we were running it. It’s interesting. It’s fascinating but it’s a lot of fun because there simply isn’t any competition. We go out, we jump hurdles, we go through tubes, and we play different games. It warms my heart to see how many of them have progressed. We have a young man named Quintin who would come out and just pick up the ball and throw it and he still can do that but at the same time, we can hold his hands and then he’ll focus and start playing. He lost his grandfather last season and the family still came out, like four days after it happened because the family would always come out - the grandmother, the grandfather, the mom and all of them would come out and cheer Quintin on and they told us that they just knew that he (his grandfather) would want him out playing soccer. It touched my heart and I cried. We cried. It was at that moment I realized this was bigger than volunteering. It has purpose.
-Meg Kern, Physical Therapy