Volunteer of the Month for September 2018- David Heidlage

David’s love for coaching is what led him to join Parks and Recreation’s Smaller Ballers team as a youth coach.  Smaller Ballers is a program for youth ages 4-7 to learn the fundamentals of basketball.  Volunteer coaches, like David, share a few hours every week working with the kids and their basketball skills.

David believes coaching youth sports provides “an avenue to teach some of life’s most important lessons such as dedication, being positive, focusing, and failure.  Failure is important.”  David’s enthusiasm, dedication and consistency is what Parks and Recreation Supervisor, Camren Cross, believes makes the program a success. 

Over the past two years with the Smaller Ballers program, David said the best experience he has had with this program is “seeing the tremendous growth of such young people and the light of achievement on their faces.  They remind me how incredible the world really can be and that simple joys are often the best.”

Volunteers like David play such a vital role in our community.  We thank David for his dedication to serving Columbia’s youth.

 To learn more about youth coaching volunteer opportunities visit our website at www.CoMo.gov/volunteer or contact us at (573) 874-7499 or volunteer@CoMo.gov.