“Coach, I Need a Ride”

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If you have ever coached a sport, you’ve probably heard this. It doesn’t matter if it is high school, middle school, or rec league… if you are a coach, especially in a low-income area, you have been a chauffeur. It’s usually the same kid(s) after every game or practice. Kids start getting into cars, and there is always someone left. “Coach I need a ride.” No matter what you say in your head, you manage to squeeze out a “sure.” And it’s a rule of the universe: a kid that needs a ride NEVER lives on your route home, never.

Most coaches don’t make much. I could safely presume, at least in my geographical area, that when it’s all said and done at the end of a season most middle school and youth sports coaches go in the hole. Most of us do it because we love it, and most…

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