Posted 23/01/2019 8:08:13 PM by Vanessa Smit

For many people, sports have played an impactful role in life. Those that have felt the power of sport might even be bold enough to say it has shaped who they are today. For some, their game of choice has made them better leaders, teammates or it has just made them smile. If that's you, maybe it's time to start thinking about ways to give back to the next generation of athletes. One way of doing that is by volunteering. 

Aside from the satisfaction of knowing you're helping people and gaining experience as a coach, or team manager volunteering has the following five benefits that we love: 

  1. Build Positive Communities
    A report from our friends at True Sport tells us that, “90 percent of Canadians believe community-based sport is a positive influence in their lives and rank it second only to families as a highly positive influence in the lives of young Canadians… Sport builds social capital… brings individuals and communities together, creates a sense of community, encourages active citizenship, and fosters trust, reciprocity, and a sense of security among community members.” In other words, the kids and the community need you especially at the Y where our leagues (and group fitness classes) are volunteer-driven!
     
  2. Be a Better You!
    According to some folks, we are happier when we help other people. Aside from being more joyful, volunteering can help develop emotional stability, improve self-esteem and boost physical health. It might even help you reach future career goals. 
     
  3. Meet New People
    Did you know volunteering can decrease feelings of loneliness and increase a sense of belonging? As a volunteer, you can connect with like-minded people. It gives you the chance to make new friends and grow your social network in a safe, welcoming environment. 
     
  4. Have Fun!
    At the Y we are all about fun and helping people thrive. Volunteering is not daunting like cleaning your room or your house—it's fun! You'll have the chance to meet new friends, make memories and you might even develop a greater sense of purpose.
     
  5. Try New Things
    The icing on the cupcake is that, as a volunteer, you might be inspired to try new things and broaden your horizons. You might even surprise yourself!

Have we sparked your interest? Are you looking for somewhere to volunteer? Our YMCA Sports Leagues are volunteer-driven and teach kids fundamental skills to help them succeed. Join us for the 2019 season and make a difference in the life of a child. All volunteers receive free training—including manuals and resources. Why are you waiting? We need your help! 

Email sportsleagues@gv.ymca.ca or visit our web page to learn how to volunteer today.

About Vanessa Smit

Vanessa is a Marketing and Communications Manager based out of Vancouver. Don't be surprised if you find her researching cause related initiatives, French Bulldog puppies, playing in the sun or watching Raptors games. She's inspired by seeing and learning about engaging marketing campaigns, especially ones that help increase awareness of mission-driven initiatives—ask for examples, she would be happy to share!

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