The first winner of my new essay contest is Sadie Wolfe, an 11-year-old from Wisconsin.  You will recall that children were asked to submit an essay or poem on the following topic:

My favorite coach ever is or was [name].  Let me tell you why.

I promised I would make a $50 donation to the winner’s charity of choice.  Sadie asked that it be sent to Voice of the Children, and I am happy to do so.

If you would like to receive notice of the next contest, please watch this space or send an email to goalplayleadership [at] gmail [dot] com.

Here is Sadie’s entry.  I think it portrays very well those coaching attributes we would like for our children to experience on the playing fields, but also that we adults would like for ourselves in our workplaces.  Sadie’s father reports, “Coach Shelly never had bad word to say about anything.  All the girls on the team were just laughing or smiling all the time.”

My favorite coach ever is coach Shelly let me tell you why.

Whenever you meet her she says a very kind hi.

Whenever the soccer game is over you never want to say bye.

When you make a little mistake in soccer she never asks why.

When you need help she will give you so much time.

She is better than all my other coaches combined.

And her soccer skills are very divine.