Congratulations to this weeks Team Mom, Cyndi Solis, of Las Vegas Nevada. She's the reliable team parent for the NYS Trojans, where her son Andrew, 12, is the quarterback for the 11 man team. Solis also has a beautiful daughter, 9-year-old Claudia, who often provides the comic relief on the sideline of her brother's games.
Dedicated to her family and the joy of traveling, Solis is known for putting her whole heart into any task. And that certainly shines through in her team mom role.
Solis took over as team mom for the NYS Trojans by accident - a scenario other team parents may find familiar. Always there to help, Solis was asked to cover for the current team mom who was unable to attend a game. Of course her one-time favor transcended into a full time position, when the former team mom could not return.
No problem. Solis immediately beefed up her team mom game and the rest is history. In truth the favor turned into a blessing, as Solis has enjoyed working and sharing in her son's youth sports experience.
While the Trojan's season is now over, the team and community relationship was beyond successful. Solis' time with the boys, coaches and parents is something she says she'll never forget.
"My favorite moment as a team mom was at the end of spring season last year, when all of the players signed a framed picture for me," wrote Solis. "It was very touching and it is something that I will cherish my whole life long."
The Trojans are a lucky bunch. Solis will be back next year with an entire season of experience to show for it. That must be why she's already gearing the team up for early tournaments and scrimmages. Enjoy your off season and we can't wait to see how the Trojans do next year.
Cyndi's advice for other Team Moms:
Be organized! Have a "game plan" for what needs to be done and when. Get a calendar and schedule photo dates, fundraisers and parties early.
Be gracious, on our team our coaches are all volunteers. I appreciate the time they dedicate to my son and every other child on the team. I try to include them and the parents with decision making (t-shirt design, party ideas) and to be aware of what the families have happening in their lives.
Don't loose sight of why you are there. I am there for my son. I totally support his team and his coaches. Its an honor to take care of them and be part of the team!