Today I am writing about the importance of being a S.T.A.R.
The definition of a S.T.A.R is listed below but the importance of being a S.T.A.R. goes beyond a simple definition. Several years ago Mary Jo and I were running a clinic at a home for children that were wards of the state. She was taking pictures (there’s a surprise) and I was coaching. These kids come from very tragic backgrounds and many were homeless. The kids took to lacrosse like any of the thousands we have come in contact over the last twenty or so years. We all had a blast and left them with smiles on their faces.
On the way home we were just talking about the experience and that’s when MJ came up with the idea of S.T.A.R.S. How could we get our players to help others while involving what they love…the game of lacrosse. The S.T.A.R program is one of the most positive things we do as a youth sports organization. The responsibility of the program comes from the student/athlete and they must communicate their desire to be part of the program. Their parents don’t get involved and we have dozens if young people who are part of the program each weekend. It helps them with leadership opportunities, taking ownership, communication and mentoring young people.
S.T.A.R.S get the opportunity to be coaches, officials, score keepers and if teams need extra players they get to play sometimes. Watching them every weekend interacting on field gives me a thrill and a sense of pride that they are impacting others in a positive fashion.
Check out the web site when you have time…we are always looking for the next Shinning S.T.A.R
S.T.A.R.s – Students That Accept Responsibility
Our STAR’s are upstanding members of the community that recognize the value of volunteering their time and energy to provide a wonderful experience to everyone who comes out to enjoy lacrosse. As the name implies, we cultivate a culture of responsibility at our fields where our volunteers are expected to show up on time, work hard, engage with the players and coaches, assume leadership roles and, most importantly, have fun.
See ya on the field,
MJ and Coach Lou