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Coaches Going The Extra Mile For Their Players When Parents Can't Help

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Ann Murphy, a 2017 Double-Goal Coach® Award Winner, is a soccer coach for FC Jaguars and Luther High School Soccer in Kansas City, Missouri. Ann Murphy is a Kansas City Police Department officer, pursuing a PhD with a dissertation focused on youth mentorship and gang prevention. She also plays for the WPSL’s Kansas City Courage (@KCCourageSoccer) and serves as a staff coach for the KC Courage High School Alternative Soccer Team and as a Staff Coach for Sporting Lee Summit.

On April 22, 2017, four national winners of PCA's Double-Goal Coach award—including Ann Murphy—took the stage at the 16th annual National Youth Sports Awards for a winners panel with FOX Sports' Steve Lavin. A Double-Goal Coach strives to win while teaching life lessons to youth in sports.

In this clip, Murphy shares her experience working in an underprivileged community, where parents often find it difficult with other responsibilities to make sure their kid is at practice, up to speed with their homework, or otherwise. Kids in lower socio-economic status often have parents with multiple jobs or are divorced, so in those situations, Murphy goes the extra mile to ensure that kids aren't just succeeding in sports, but in life. No matter what, Murphy makes sure the kid comes first and doesn't get left behind. For her, that can even mean helping out at parent-teacher conferences and doing things for the kids to help them grow when busy parents cannot.

Often in these situations, parents want to be involved but in order to create a sustainable life for their kid, but they can't always be there, so Murphy helps parents stay involved through social media.

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