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Be the Inspiration

Posted By Colleen Dougherty, NC Recreation & Park Association, Monday, September 21, 2015

Happy Monday!

Last week I had the opportunity to attend the Athletic Directors Workshop in beautiful and historic Wilmington, North Carolina. Some of the sessions during the three days included injury prevention in youth sports, conflict and crisis management, as well as multiple open discussions among the attendees. All of the topics were extremely informative and resourceful!

However, one session that seemed to motivate the audience the most was when head coach Adell Harris, from the UNCW women’s basketball program, presented as the lunch keynote speaker. Coach Harris has an impressive basketball history, as she is a former collegiate athlete at Wake Forest and past head coach for Tusculum College. She made it very clear though that she was not there to discuss her stats.

She began with a story of when she was a young girl. She explained that she could have easily pursed a much different path, but because one person had faith in her, it altered the course of her life. This person showed up every day to bring her to the to practice basketball. The trust and confidence she gained in this individual has directly influenced her current coaching philosophy. She believes the most important aspect of coaching is getting to know the character of a person rather than how they perform on the court. Adell fully believes that being there for her players is more important than winning a basketball game. There is no doubt she has and will continue to impact many lives throughout her coaching career.

As we help our communities in finding ways to lead healthy and active lives, it is important to keep Coach Harris’s lesson in mind. We all have desired end goals, but it is within the relations and connections we create that make the true difference. Seeing change in our communities takes time and often patience, but as recreation professionals, we have the opportunity to create an everlasting impact. So let’s generate a common goal across North Carolina to continue to promote a balanced lifestyle, provide opportunities, and provide that final bit of inspiration to the ones who may need it the most!

Please note our next webinar will take place on Thursday, October 8th, at 1:00pm. Derek Dunn and Sharon Williams, Greensboro Parks and Recreation Department, will be hosting. The topic will focus on creating a more inclusive outdoor recreation environment for persons with disabilities. It is important to offer equal opportunities for everyone, and as practitioners, part of our tasks is creating the ultimate recreation experience. Please click the following link to register:

If you have any ideas or suggestions of creating inspiration and motivation to change lives within your community, then please share by submitting or emailing us on the wellness site here: (colleen@ncrpa.net


Tags:  Athletic Directors Workship  NCRPA  UNCW  Women's Basketball 

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