Legendary goalie Briana Scurry began playing soccer at age 12 experiencing childhood in Minnesota.
The 48-year-old proceeded to turn into a gold medalist with the U.S. ladies’ national soccer team at the Summer Olympics in 1996 and 2004, and she helped the group become World Cup champions in 1999.
All things considered, the first occasion when she at any point played for a female head coach wasn’t until 2000 with the national team. Regardless of the achievements she came to, she doesn’t need different young girls to need to go that course.
Scurry headlined a local event Sunday to enroll and move more ladies to wind up volunteer youth game coaches for young girls, clarifying why it is “vitally important” to have ladies coaches in the game.
“Especially coaches who are passionate about teaching their students or their kids life lessons. That’s what really sport is about. Sport isn’t about whatever activity you’re doing necessarily, whether it be double Dutch or soccer or basketball or water polo, whatever it is. It’s about the things you learn,” Scurry said. “You learn teamwork. You learn overcoming obstacles. You learn leadership. These are the vital things that kids are learning while they’re going through the sports.”
“So to get more women, especially African American women, into coaching kids is vitally important so that kids can see – especially young girls – can see people who look like them,” Scurry said.
Around 50 ladies of differing degrees of athletic capacity took an interest in the #SHECANCOACH occasion at Canisius College’s Koessler Athletic Center, supported by United Way of Buffalo and Erie County, Western New York Girls in Sports and Project Play Western New York.
Current female mentors and coaches taught members like Kathryn Orrange – a primary school custodian for Iroquois schools – in 15-minute workshops in basketball, golf, track and twofold Dutch. Orrange said she may investigate an associate coach position or become a volunteer one year from now.
“I probably have the most experience with soccer, like just being comfortable,” Orrange said. “When they had us practicing basketball, I am terrible at basketball, so probably soccer or possibly track/cross-country.”
A lady doesn’t need to be an athletic whiz to coach young girls and improve their lives, Scurry said.
“Anyone can be useful. If you have a speck of athletic ability, but you have a lot of passion and you want to teach, and if you’re willing to learn the game yourself and then teach the kids as you go, because the truth is a lot of these girls aren’t going to end up playing on the national team. They’re not going to end up playing on (Division I) college teams, and that’s not the relevant part of it,” Scurry said. “The relevant part of it … is what (girls) learn and being a part of something bigger than them and being a part of a team and that energy … and that camaraderie and that sisterhood – that’s the important part.”
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