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Colorado Springs Youth Sports in desperate need of volunteers

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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.

If you want to be a volunteer you can click here to fill out your application.

Colorado Springs / Local News / News

Kolby Crossley

Kolby is a reporter for Good Morning Colorado. Learn more about Kolby here.

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  1. Good. No coaches no sports. No sports no parents crowding the stands and creating outbreak events. When will this sink into those little minds that the world has changed. Things will not go back to before for some time to come (if ever). You need to find a new way of doing things. If you don’t you will end up on the trash heap of history.

  2. I was a volunteer coach for many years. It came to a point where is became a part time job as the sport director(s) place so much burden on the coaches. There was little appreciation from the directors and no compensation for all the material and what not I had to personally buy in order to have effective practices and games. So on top of the many hours each day of coordination and then practices it became a financial burden of $300-$400 each season. Sports are very important for the kids but it just became way to much of a burden to be a coach. If they spent some of the grant money assisting the coaches and have an added paid coach assistant/coordinator to help coaches then I would happily go back.

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