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Athletics Level The Playing Field At Socio-Economically Diverse Schools

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Steve Kryger (@coachskryger) is an Athletic Director at Menlo-Atherton High School in Atherton, CA. Kryger has been at M-A since 2008, also teaching math and coaching boys' lacrosse. Prior to M-A, he coached basketball at Hillsdale, Palo Alto, and San Mateo highs, and was named San Mateo County Girls' Basketball Coach of the Year in 2000 and again in 2008. In 2017, Kryger and Co-AD Paul Snow were named the Northern California Girls and Boys Athletic Directors of the Year by the California Coaches Association (CCA).

In this video, Kryger talks about how sports bring people together on an equal playing field. Sports allow all different people with different backgrounds to come together as a team. When the players step out on the field, they see teammates next to them and strive to accomplish their individual responsibilities for the good of the team. The socio-economics of each athlete has no meaning once the players step on the field. Then, when they step off the field, they see each other as teammates, not people who come from different places.