COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KRDO) -- The city of Colorado Springs needs your help as they look to fill 250-300 coaching positions before the start of the youth sports season this March.
Will Davis, Youth Sports Coordinator said, “When we had this grant last year right before the shutdown we had 150 coaches just for soccer. And that’s not including about 100 coaches that we have for football."
That grant is from Comcast, Olympic City USA and the Children’s Hospital; because of it, 600 kids pre-k through 2nd grade will be able to play youth sports for free. However, with so many children having access to free youth sports, the city has been presented with a problem: a lack of volunteers.
“We don’t have teams if we don’t have coaches. With this grant it’s really created a higher demand for volunteerism throughout the community,” said Davis.
Trying to find volunteers in the middle of a pandemic has been tough, but Davis wants to assure people that they are doing things as safe as possible.
“We are following all of the rules. We care about the coaches' safety, we care about the kids' safety and that’s the most important thing because we can’t have fun if we aren’t being safe,” Davis said.
But it’s important to stress that if there are no coaches, then there are no youth sports.
“And we help develop the child as a whole. Whether it be physical, social, all those things to help kids just be a better person and be a healthy person,” said Davis.