Athletics have always been the main focus for our Team Parent of the Week, Kimberly Ramsey. The mother of two active boys, she also takes on a hefty role with the family business, which involves four legged thoroughbred athletes, also known as horses! Indeed, Ramsey considers herself lucky to consistently be surrounded by the two things she loves most.
Son’s Alex, 13, and Connor, 6, both participate in baseball, basketball and the Navy League Sea Cadets program. Alex also plays for the Royal Spring Middle School football team in Georgetown, Kentucky, where Ramsey has volunteered as team mom for the past three years.
Transitioning with the kids from elementary play to Junior High, has given Ramsey the blessing of watching many of the players mature and form quality bonds “ We are a fairly young program as we are a fairly new school, but have been very lucky as we have an amazing group of coaches that not only focus on football but make an effort to help our boys grow into responsible, self sufficient adults,” she wrote.
And now, as the fall season moves forward, Ramsey will take to the fields with her team and coaches, with a heavy heart. This will be final year working with the Royal Springs team in an official role. She wrote that each and every player she’s worked with, well over a 100 at this point, holds a special place in her heart. She feels no less passionate about the relationships she’s made with other parents and the wonderful coaching staff.
So as she drives to the stadium this evening, for game two of the 2010 season, she’ll do as she always does - updating parents, assisting the coaches and players before, during and after the game and most importantly, ensuring that everyone has fun!
Thanks for all you do, Team Mom Ramsey! Enjoy your final season.
Ramsey’s Recommendations for Fellow Team Mom’s:
- Be as Organized as Possible
Between paperwork, keeping track of uniforms, organizing volunteers to work games and help with fundraising, things can get pretty crazy quickly!
- Remember that the Players are Still Children
Be prepared for and don’t expect more than the normal age appropriate behaviors of the player. Every child may not have parents at home who can help or encourage them - so do what you can when they are with you.
- Accept help When Offered
Many parents want to help and be involved with the team, but believe me they will be in the way. It takes a lot of work to run a team smoothly therefore allowing and encouraging other parents to help will not only make your life easier, it will encourage others to work for the good of the team.