Coach needed for Hayden soccer team

I commend Hayden High School, Amy Cutcliff (art teacher), and any other school personnel who are directly responsible for attempting to start a soccer program at the high school. This is extremely honorable, courageous, and a true showing of what faculty can do to promote the well-being of our children. You are putting the interest of our children first by offering additional extracurricular activities to meet more needs in our community and among our children.

Amy Cutcliff has graciously agreed to coach the female soccer team(s). However, as of this writing, on Sept. 24, not one faculty member has been responsible enough to coach for the boys soccer team(s).

I find it disheartening that no male teacher/coach thinks a student’s interest that lies outside football, baseball, wrestling, or basketball is worthy of his attention too. Fifty-plus students are interested in playing soccer and those numbers will grow, as soccer is becoming a very popular sport, yes even in the “Football South.” (I think adults sometimes forget that soccer has been around for about 3000 years according to historians. Soccer is what originated rugby, which was tweaked and football was then born.)

As parents we are constantly told the benefits parents can play by being involved in supporting school activities and our children. However, there is a lot to be said for faculty members that give of themselves outside the classroom. Teachers that choose to be mentors, teachers that are creative and use alternatives to classroom settings and textbooks to reach their students, those are the teachers that make a difference in the life of a child.

Teacher involvement in extracurricular activities can make them possible. This would be a perfect time for a male faculty member to bond and develop a relationship with students outside the classroom setting.

The students benefit by getting to see the faculty member in a very different light. The kids are motivated because they actually want to participate (which is not always the case in a classroom). This new relationship could change a student’s outlook on life mentally, emotionally, and physically (with all the concern over obesity, soccer is a great form of exercise), while building self-esteem and perhaps improving the students academically.

It is my understandng that as a teacher you want to nurture and open doors, to put the needs of your students first and foremost. This additional sports program could do just that for so many of our students.

I hope someone will coach a soccer team for the male students at Hayden High School. These students need a faculty member that will put the desires of his students first and reach out to these students but most of all someone who is willing to make a difference in the life of a child.

Debbie Henderson