Lodi 12-year-old Madeline Woznick stood before the City Council last week and honored her swim coach and asked for support in creating a National Coaches Day to honor all coaches who give their time and knowledge to youth sports.
Lodi Council members supported her, and now she has Rep. Jerry McNerney’s support. McNerney is even asking Pres. Barack Obama to declare Oct. 6 National Coaches Day. Here is what he asks of the President:
September 9, 2013
President Barack Obama
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20500
Dear President Obama:
As you well know, sports are enjoyed across the United States, from the timeless tradition of baseball to uniquely American football. Sports are one of the most effective community-building institutions, especially within schools. They bring together athletes, coaches, students, teachers, and parents. None of this would be possible without the work of coaches, which is why I am respectfully asking you to recognize and proclaim October 6, 2013, as National Coaches Day.
Many school sports programs would not be possible without volunteer coaches, who selflessly donate countless hours and resources to help student-athletes. Coaches are community leaders that provide essential support and mentoring to student-athletes throughout the country. Furthermore, students who participate in sports not only have improved physical outcomes, they also have higher academic performance and a lower drop out rate. At a time when national childhood obesity rates are just beginning to turn the corner, it is more important than ever to promote physical activity. Efforts such as First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move campaign have been an effective tool in promoting this message.
As President Nixon said when he recognized the first National Coaches Day in 1972, coaches “do not work for personal glory. Their satisfaction usually comes through the achievement of others whom they have helped.” Again, I respectfully ask you to recognize and proclaim October 6, 2013, as National Coaches Day.
Member of Congress
No word yet on if the President has responded to McNerney’s request.