Volunteering at a Track & Field Event

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My local middle school track meet was a lot of fun yesterday. It's so great to see so many kids trying out new things. Long jump, high jump, triple jump, javelin, discus, 100 meter, 200 meter, 400 meter, 800 meter, 1600 meter, 4 x 100 relay, shot put, hurdles...

If your child is involved with track at the middle school, they are always looking for help. I've done the discus twice now and it's very rewarding. Many of these kids are brand new at the sport and you can tell they are stressed, especially when among their peers and certainly when they follow someone who throws it 4 times as far as they can. Being a volunteer gives you the opportunity to make them feel comfortable, regardless of which school they go to. Give them smaller goals they can aim for and achieve and lots of encouragement. When you can make a kid smile after they foul out all three times in front of their friends, you have made a difference.

Our school, as well as all other schools I'm sure do need more help at these meets to make them run smoothly. Consider volunteering for an event that you know your son or daughter is competing in. You will remember being there for years to come and so will your kid.

It's worth it to take a day off from work every once in a while.

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