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By Jennifer MacKinnon On Wednesday, May 6th, 2015

Sports parents go the extra mile

Parents are the unsung heroes of grassroots sports. We drive, coach, volunteer, cheer, bring food, take trips out of town, wear out vehicles, and generally do some crazy things to support our kids. I did an informal More...

By Jennifer MacKinnon On Monday, March 16th, 2015

Managing conflict: Realizing you’ve become that difficult parent

Take it from me, don’t become “that” parent. Anyone who has volunteered in a leadership capacity in sports has run into a difficult parent. For the most part, I try to treat people with respect, knowing that More...

By Jennifer MacKinnon On Monday, May 5th, 2014

Saluting those who ‘run’ the marathon

Just for fun, before writing this article, I Googled “how to organize a marathon.” The first website to pop up explained that you can organize a marathon in just 13 steps. These organizational steps include More...

Sports parents
By Jennifer MacKinnon On Saturday, March 1st, 2014

Meet the out-of-control sports parents

If you haven’t seen the article by Steve Simmons called “I Hope They Didn’t Bring Apple Juice,” I encourage you to Google it and read it. Written for USA Hockey Magazine, it is written for anyone who takes More...

By Jennifer MacKinnon On Tuesday, January 7th, 2014

Dealing with difficult volunteers

Did you watch the Grey Cup in the fall? I watched sadly as my favourite Tiger-Cats lost to the Roughriders. What I especially love about the CFL is that the future of the league is playing on fields across Canada. More...

By Jennifer MacKinnon On Tuesday, November 12th, 2013

Futsal and fancy footwork

Mike Graham, president of the Sudbury Futsal League, is passionate about his sport. And he will quickly tell you, futsal, a game created in the 1930s in Brazil and Uruguay, is much more than indoor soccer. Although More...

By Jennifer MacKinnon On Wednesday, September 4th, 2013

Fundraising for sports teams

As I drove by parents and kids, dressed in hockey jerseys recently, flagging down cars to sell donuts in support of their hockey team, two things struck me: 1. Hockey never really ends in Canada, and 2. The public More...

VESC Soccer
By Jennifer MacKinnon On Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013

Learning the ABCs of soccer

The Valley East Soccer Club (VESC) was formed in 1977 to run a soccer league in the Hanmer and Valley East areas. In 2012, VESC had 1,200 children and youth players and close to 400 adults playing recreational soccer. More...

By Jennifer MacKinnon On Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013

Volunteers: the blood in a club’s veins

You have signed your child up for a sport this year. You bought all the equipment. Your child is excited. You are excited. The season starts and things are going great. You have a great coach and the team is wonderful. More...

By Jennifer MacKinnon On Wednesday, May 1st, 2013

The success of fundraising runs

Spring, otherwise known as the start of the marathon of walk-a-thons and runs, brings out thousands of people to support many important charities. Most events have many volunteers helping; some are completely volunteer-run. More...

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