I’ve been meaning to write this post all week, but just haven’t had the time.
As many of you know, I’ve been the part-time athletic director at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Bryan. I took this job because my pastor asked me to, and I am currently in my 5th year.
Like any job, it has its ups and downs. Generally, the athletes, parents and coaches are wonderful to deal with. It’s those pesky things like scheduling, rules and regulations, weather delays, etc. that can be challenging. A lot of times you feel like you’re on an island. You hear about the bad stuff, but not usually the good.
So it was surprising to me when one of my coaches, Robb Watson, told me that he nominated me for an award through the Diocese of Toledo CYO. I didn’t think anything of it at the time because we are not in metro Toledo, so a lot of times we’re not on anyone’s radar.
Boy was I wrong.
I was thrilled to get a call from CYO telling me that I was chosen for the Paul Johnson Adult Contributor Award and would be presented the award at the CYO basketball banquet the following Thursday.
This job can be a thankless, stressful job that involves spinning lots of plates in the air. Awards and accolades aren’t why I do it; I do it for the student-athletes. But to be recognized for the job you are doing really does wonders to your motivation to want to continue to do it.
So I want to use this blog post to say THANK YOU to everyone who allows me to be a minister to the youth of our program. Thank you to the parents and student-athletes who make up this program. Thank you to the volunteer coaches who give so much of their time and talent to the program. Thank you to my family who is always so helpful and understanding. And thank you to the CYO for all they do to help support our program.
Most of all, thanks be to God for all He has given.