Fox Force Volunteer Program We appreciate all of our volunteers!
Thank you to all of our many volunteers who have given of their time and talent during the winter. We appreciate all the people who volunteered as coaches, program volunteers, at special events and at all other activities that time and talent was given.
att Gray was a Little League baseball player at the time when he realized that the man giving him direction on the diamond – his coach – would someday be him. “Growing up, my coaches were so inspirational… they really set the foundation for me,” said Matt. “They made playing sports a positive experience with all their wisdom and guidance.” So it was a natural transition for Matt to coach the next generation when he reached adulthood. He has coached baseball on a volunteer basis for 22 years and now, as a father of three young children, he has been coaching his children’s basketball teams at the Vaughan Athletic Center. For Matt, volunteering is a rewarding endeavor that’s beneficial for all involved. Coaching young athletes is enjoyable, and it’s an investment in the future as well. In addition to his two decades coaching with the North Aurora Baseball Association, Matt became involved at the Vaughan Center when his son Jacob (now 12) began playing basketball in kindergarten. Twins Jack and Abby (age 7) are coached by Dad as well. “It’s a great way to spend quality time with kids,” said Matt. “My coaching philosophy is to make the game fun for them, teach them sportsmanship and help them understand how the game is played. “If they have that, they’re really going to enjoy their sport.” It’s all part of a learning curve. In many ways, sports help teach life’s lessons, and Matt is glad to contribute as a volunteer. “The best part for me is when the kids get to see their hard work rewarded by success,” said Matt. “That’s just a great feeling.” The kids certainly echo that thought as well – and possibly end up carrying on the traditions of their coach someday.
Fox Valley Park District Activity Guide Spring 2012