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How Coaches Can Help Kids Who Seem Lost And Lonely

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Heather Woody, a 2017 Double-Goal Coach® Award Winner, coaches for the Iowa Speed Track and Field club. Woody and her coaching staff serve about 220 athletes, mostly residing in or near Iowa City, but some arriving from two hours’ driving distance. “Anybody can be a part of this,” she said. “We don’t care if they’re fast. We don’t care if they’re talented. We just want kids to do things that are healthy and positive."

In this video, Woody explains her staff’s strategy to making sure each of their youth athletes are getting individualized attention through being acutely aware of the number of kids, in tune with their feelings, and compassionate. To simply show them that you care. Woody says it's important to simply show kids, ALL kids, that you care, not just some. If you see a kid who looks lost, it is your job to bring that kid back into the fold, which can often be necessary at a larger club.