Last week I highlighted Fort Dodge Softball and how they chipped in to better their community through service to others. I learned later that the Fort Dodge Baseball team also helped clean ditches the night before the storm then a few of the coaches on staff were hit hard once the storm came so players came to lend a hand and continued throughout the rest of the day to clean-up the town.
Our teams sometimes get so focused on winning we forget how easy it is for us to make a difference to others. Make it a focus to do at least one community service project that is schedule and as Fort Dodge is a great example of when it is unexpected as well.
I asked coaches to send ideas of what their programs do so that we can learn from each other. The response was great and I thank those that sent I ideas. I listed them below for your reference.
Christmas Party for Homeless Shelter
Clinic for disadvantaged Youth
Local Maintenance Projects
Garage Sale with Proceeds Going to Worthy Cause
Served Food at Holidays
Donations for Food Banks as Gate Fee to Games
Care Packages to Troops
Bake Sale, 50/50 Raffle and team goes to give the money raised
Pack Meals for Hungry
Yard Work for Elderly in Town
Hope this gives you some new ideas or tweaks to current practices you already have established as traditions within your program.