CoachArt Volunteer Spotlight: Meet Coach Dave
Meet Coach Dave! A CoachArt Volunteer Coach, Dave is a father of two and has worked as a teacher, mentor, and volunteer for children of all ages and abilities in the U.S. and abroad. He believes in creating safe, non-judgmental, and positive spaces where all kids can thrive.
A valued CoachArt volunteer since 2015, Dave has coached numerous clubs in the San Francisco Bay Area for CoachArt students, including Ultimate Frisbee Club, Lawn Bowling Club, Rock Climbing Club, and Soccer Club. He is also currently the Head Coach for our March Madness Basketball Club!
Here’s what Coach Dave had to say about volunteering with CoachArt and what working with kids impacted by chronic illness has meant to him.
Q. How and when did you first find out about CoachArt, and what made you decide to get involved?
A. I heard about CoachArt on VolunteerMatch a couple years ago, and it immediately sounded like an amazing and absolutely essential organization. I’ve worked with kids my whole life (since the age of 18), but never had the chance to help those with differing abilities, or those suffering unfairly from diseases and the like.
Q. What stands out for you about your experience of being a CoachArt coach?
A. It’s the kids. I am always amazed at the positive attitudes and kindness they show for one another. Their motivation to try (despite any limitations) and to succeed is very inspiring to me. But no matter the individual level of any such “success” or not, their participation and sense of community is really what they are gaining and winning. The support and love I see and feel from the volunteers and staff, too, have often brought me to tears, even on the court (no joke). I believe that competition can be a healthy part of any individual’s personal and community growth. I believe that compassion, perhaps even more than competition, is the key to furthering the healthy growth and potential of ALL humans, no matter their merit or level of ability.
Q. What would you say to someone who is considering becoming a CoachArt coach?
A. Do it!!! It has brought so much to my life, that it’s even hard for me to explain why I love being around these kids at times. 🙂 I want to give back, to those less fortunate, yes… but in a way, being a part of this volunteer association also feels a bit selfish on my part: I need these wonderful humans in my daily life. They fill me up.
Q. What would you like people to know?
A. How we spend our time and what we choose to do is a CHOICE. We all have the power to affect children’s lives in tiny ways, each and every day. It doesn’t take much, and every person can contribute to whatever cause or causes they care about… be it in a great amount or small. It’s all good. But it is each’s own choice, as to whether to do it.
Making a Difference for Families Impacted by Childhood Chronic Illness
Since 2001, CoachArt has matched volunteer coaches with students for one-on-one or group lessons in arts and athletics. Dedicated to creating a transformative arts and athletics community for families impacted by childhood chronic illness, our vision is that one day every family impacted by chronic illness will be connected to a community of support and an opportunity to learn and grow together.
CoachArt offers free art and athletic lessons to chronically ill children and their siblings between the ages of 5-18 in Los Angeles, the San Francisco Bay Area, and San Diego. If your child has been diagnosed with a chronic condition, we invite you to fill out a student eligibility form or get in touch to learn if CoachArt is right for your child.
Ways to Help
Do you have an artistic or athletic skill you would like to share with a child impacted by chronic illness? Become a CoachArt Volunteer.