Nikki Gale is not your typical volunteer coach. While Gale does give her time to the community and to Springdale Parks and Recreation youth programs much like all coaches and volunteers, she does so in a unique and inspiring way.
With four children participating in the Youth soccer program, Gale finds time to coach not just one of her children's teams, but all FOUR!!
Springdale Parks and Recreation spoke with Gale about her amazing efforts as a parent, coach and volunteer in this installment of the Community Spotlight.
Q: How did
you end up coaching all four of your children in youth soccer?
A: I didn't necessarilyplan on coaching all four of my kids. I planned on coached three of them but
then a coach with one of the kids had some conflicts so I ended up coaching allfour. I have to give credit to (Springdale Parks and Recreation soccer program
coordinator) Ryan Marsh. He made it possible because he made it where theschedules don't overlap. So I've told Ryan thank you several times.
your biggest takeaway from coaching all of these different teams?
A: It's differentwith the different teams. I do enjoy helping out and helping the parents out.
For the younger kids, it's seeing them enjoy the game and helping them developand grow. That's the biggest thing. I grew up playing soccer. I love the sport,
so to be able to help them develop is very rewarding.
Q: What's atypical day at the soccer fields like for you, coaching four teams and four
A: Myhusband (Jared Gale) helps out a lot. It's fun, but it's exhausting. I really
enjoy it, but it's a lot of work. Pretty much every Saturday we're out therefor 4 1/2 hours. And it's a family affair because all the kids (Allie, 9;
Rachel, 7; Miriam, 5; Henry, 3) go to all the games. And I have to lean on theother parents for a lot of help.
would you tell other parents who are considering volunteering as a coach?
A: I wouldsay that it is really rewarding. It's fun to be with the kids. I have a
background in soccer, but for those that don't have a background in sportsthere's plenty of resources to help if there's any reservations. So it's a
blast helping the kids have fun. Especially the kids at a young age when you'rehelping them develop. And the more coaches we have, the smaller the rosters we
can have on teams and the more fun kids can have. So that's important.