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THE AUSTIN ANGLE FROM THE EDITOR November/December 2012 Shelters, Seniors & Special Olympics By Michael Austin, Editor-In-Chief, I f there is one thing uniting the four programs honored in the inaugural class of Coach And Athletic Director's Interscholastic Sports Program Of Excellence (starting on page 30), it's the depth and scope of volunteerism of the athletes in these schools. November is a great time to institute a policy of volunteering within your athletic department or your individual team. Thanksgiving is one of the most popular holidays for people to volunteer and the enthusiasm typically carries through the holiday season. Your job is to ensure that feeling lasts throughout the year. A common complaint about today's teenagers is they are "entitled." I hear it a lot from coaches. Parents have become more involved in the extracurricular activities of their sons and daughters, and a feeling of entitlement has been established, which is not easy to subdue. Your players need to see their role in this world not as that of an athlete or a student, but as a member of a working society. Shelters, Seniors & Special Olympics There are three needs within almost every community where a high school sports team can serve immediately. 1. Shelters. A great place for your players to start volunteering is as a group at a local shelter. Thanksgiving affords you this opportunity. This doesn't have to be an all-day event but even just a few hours on Thanksgiving morning goes a long way. Watch your players bond and grow as a unit while they connect to members of their community. While at the shelter, check to see what other types of volunteering staff members need throughout the 6 coachad.com Vol. 82, Issue 3 GREAT AMERICAN MEDIA SERVICES INC. P.O. 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Host a Special Olympics event at your school or, at the very least, bring in some Special Olympic athletes for training from your players. Your players typically are the ones being told what to do, this allows them to be the instructors. Plus, it shows your athletes about how sports can work as a positive influence even when winning isn't the ultimate goal. Involve Your Leadership Instead of just telling the players on your team they are going to participate in a service project, ask the captains to lead this initiative. If they need a little help, provide them with the ideas already established in this column, or if the team has a cause it wants to support, listen to their reasoning and do all you can to make it happen. Once your athletes get a taste for volunteering, they are going to want to do more. It's up to you to get them started. 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