Truckee BoySports Day huge success
TRUCKEE, Calif. andamp;#8212; More than 80 boys grades 1-5, enjoyed the opportunity to participate in several sports: Lacrosse, football, pickleball, climbing, karate, golf, futsal and basketball. For many, this was an opportunity to try a new sport; for others it was an opportunity to improve their skills with trained coaches. Patterned after the TDRPDandamp;#8217;s Girls Sports Day, Michael Reynaud developed BoySports Day in pursuit of his rank of Eagle Scout with the Boy Scouts of America. An Eagle Scout is the highest rank attainable in the Boy Scouting program. One of the requirements includes an extensive service project that the Scout plans, organizes, leads, and manages. The goal of any Eagle Project is to benefit the community. As a sports enthusiast, Reynaud wanted to help boys in grades 1-5 get exposed to different sports. andamp;#8220;Many kids today are only exposed to sports that their parents are familiar with and with so many opportunities available in our community, I wanted to give kids a chance to try a new sport,andamp;#8221; said Reynaud.Working with Susan Duffey Smith, recreation coordinator and staff partner at Truckee-Donner Recreation andamp; Park District, Reynaud managed every detail of organizing an event of this magnitude. andamp;#8220;The planning for this event started in August and required great attention at every level. There are very few teens who are willing to take on this type of time-intensive commitment, and I hope Michaelandamp;#8217;s project serves as an inspiration to other kids, to think outside the box about what they can do for their community,andamp;#8221; said Duffey Smith. andamp;#8220;TDRPD is committed to making this an annual event, hopefully with the continued support of the Boy Scouts, local coaches and athletes.andamp;#8221;Reynaud recruited local sports coaches to donate their time and lead sessions for each of the sports offered. andamp;#8220;The support from local coaches was great. With their help and dedication to the community, they made this event a huge success. I am grateful to each and every one of them,andamp;#8221; said Reynaud. Head Coaches for each of the sports were: Renee Guay, climbing wall; Randy Jones, lacrosse; Pete Kristian, pickleball; Genevieve Speas, futsal, Angelo Tenorio, basketball; Ryan Hunter, football, Mike Merriman, golf and Karen Corall, karate.Along with recruiting coaches, Reynaud designed and ordered T-shirts (with the help of Wandamp;T Graphix), developed flyers and registration forms (in English and Spanish), set schedules, planned/prepared lunches, implemented individual schedules/nametags, supervised the setup and cleanup, as well as supervising his Troop on preparation of lunches and event day activities. Reynaud says he values Susanandamp;#8217;s advice, and the help of his Troop and Troop parents. He also recognizes his mentor, Rob Cofer, for his help and support.andamp;#8220;I hope this event grows even bigger over the years and that someday I can attend as a coach or have my children learn new sports,andamp;#8221; said Reynaud. With the enthusiasm showed by all the participants, this is sure to be an April tradition for many years to come.andamp;#8212; Submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org
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