Congratulations and Welcome Amy Nuanes into the BCJSA President Seat and Claude Vigil for the President Elect Position.
These two will be great in keeping BCJSA moving in the positive direction we are already heading, and growing into something amazing. They started last night by bring the Bear Creek High School Coaches together with our BCJSA members and directors to start a mutual relationship that should benefit both the BCJSA players and the BCHS future teams!
I would like to also to take a minute and thank all the wonderful volunteers I have had the privilege to work with over the years at BCJSA. Our Board Members, Directors, Coaches and Team Moms/Managers are ALL volunteers and they donate hundreds of hours to the kids in our area. Many of our members no longer have kids in the association, but continue to work on behalf of the hundreds that rely on BCJSA to take them further in their sport. These are the most dedicated and kind-hearted people I know of, many of whom take abuse from the parents, time away from their own families, and spend many hours on the field, phone or computer trying to make it the best they can. These volunteers are strictly that, they are not in it for the glory or the gold, but to help YOUR kid learn to enjoy a sport they are interested in.
On that note, BCJSA, and most organizations out there, is always looking for more volunteers! There is NOTHING I have found more rewarding that watching a kid succeed and knowing you had even the slightest amount of influence on that. If you are interested, please contact ANY BCJSA Board member.
BCJSA has given back more to me than I ever thought possible. I have made friends into family, watched my boys become young men, and seen groups of kids who may not have known each other, come together as a team, and friends, and win games and championships together. I have watched kids break through their shells and become more confident than before. I have seen kids accept winning as graciously as losing, and teach the adults that it really is just a game, and that a loss does not mean defeat.
Most of all, I have learned that I myself, can make a difference in this world. I have received the thanks of players and parents that have brought tears to my eyes. I have watched players advance, make their first touchdown, hit their first baseball, and catch their first lacrosse pass and GLOW for weeks afterwards. The last 9 years through this organization have been priceless, and ones I will never forget. Thank each and every one of you for trusting your children to this organization, which is truly, the best around.
I look forward to seeing you all on the sidelines in the future.