Call Me Coach This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

     Fora while, I spent my Saturdays helping out a local basketball league. As theassistant coach, I had a major responsibility, and I knew that teamwork was key.At the early-morning practices, I worked with individual players, trying toimprove their jump shots, lay-ups, dribbling and passing. Afterwards, the coachand I explained the plays and offensive positions. Although it all seemedcomplicated, the team caught on quickly.

Standing by the sidelines at thegames, I realized our hard work had paid off. The kids played together as a team,and I was really proud of them. Looking back, my coaching experience turned outto be fun, though waking up at the crack of dawn for practice was a bitunpleasant.

I gained something else valuable from this experience. Iactually looked forward to volunteering at practices, and I realized that myattitude about helping others has evolved. As expected, I was reluctant to showup for the first practice, and even thought it would be a waste of time. Myattitude - as well as the team - gradually improved, and coaching turned out tobe an exceptional experience.

After completing my community service, I cansee why it is often required in schools. Helping others is a valuable activity,and builds an extraordinary amount of character. I believe that I now communicatebetter with others, and used my spare time to complete a helpful activity.Community service truly fulfilled my life, for it improved my perspective of theworld.

This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. This piece has been published in Teen Ink’s monthly print magazine.

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