Volunteering in sports is indispensable and vital. We are very well aware that a good majority of parents are already volunteering at a school, a non-profit, a place of worship, work events or community events. How could we possibly ask for more in addition to what they contribute?
It is simple; the Danbury Athletic Youth Organization (DAYO) depends on a tremendous number of volunteers for each individual sport. We need volunteers in various capacities to make a successful program. We need board members that help run the organization and support its mission. You may prefer to focus on a specific sport and have entertained a vision to improve, modify and transform it to make a better experience for participants. You can help by serving as a Commissioner or assisting as a Co-Commissioner. Head Coaches and Assistant Coaches are always wanted. Do you have knowledge about any of the sports provided by DAYO? If you do not, you can certainly work with trained and skilled coaches and once you feel confident, you may choose to be the Head Coach of a desired sport or team.
DAYO invests in their volunteers. Many attend courses and take classes in order to fulfill requirements set to organizations from leagues or associations. Some coaches are trained in CPR and first aid. There are coaches that are mandated to attend clinics. These costs are paid for by the organization. Coaches, Commissioners, Team Parents and Board Members are invited free of charge to a yearly banquet in demonstration of DAYO’s appreciation for their hard work. The loftiest sign of gratitude is when you see children learning and having fun, when you see participants increasing their skill levels and gaining a sense of understanding of the sport. When you notice that athletes are returning without any objections and grievances, then you can declare achievement and know that your volunteer position is constructive to the organization and valuable to the family.
There are other methods of volunteering; you can help fundraise for a team, for a sport or for the organization. All profits are intended to benefit athletes and increase participation in youth sports. In order to keep registration fees at a reasonable rate, we must fundraise. You don’t need a lot of experience to do this; just be assertive. We are always looking for help in the concession, on the football field, at the gates and in the press box. Each sport has their own unique list of tasks that must be executed by volunteers.
Please consider helping out; we can’t always depend on someone else to get the job done. You can state how long you would like to help or how often you can assist. DAYO extends their invite to all parents and nonparents to come out and help our youth sport programs. Many volunteers, like me, want to help as a form of giving back to the organization that helped my own children and as a means of giving back to our Danbury community. If you want to consider helping our DAYO organization in any capacity, please email EstelaGC005@gmail.com.
This article was written by Estela Camacho, Danbury Athletic Youth Organization (DAYO) secretary. For more information, visit www.dayosports.com, or contact Estela at 203-530-2457 or Bestelacamacho@sbcglobal.net.