Youth sports are the building blocks for success in all stages of life, both on and off the field. They teach us discipline, fortitude, honesty, and most importantly teamwork. Teamwork is the one major block that September Ward has tried to instill in her girls. Whenever a member of the Michigan Prowlers gets injured or struggles, the rest of the team rallies around their fallen friend and supports her. This excellent example set by September is why we chose her as our Team Mom of the Week.
September lives in Michigan with her husband, Bob, and their three daughters: Ashley (20), Taylor (15), and Summer(13). Summer is the point guard for the Prowlers, and Bob Ward is the head coach. September and Bob are the founding members of the Prowlers. The team participates in the AAU and AYBT (American Youth Basketball Tour) seasons, which means they play basketball from February all the way through July, and travel all across Michigan.
As far as September's influence in teamwork goes, there's one story in particular that comes to mind: During a recent game, her daughter Summer went down with an ankle injury. The entire team rallied around her and made her feel amazingly supported. The Prowlers posted messages on her Weplay profile, sent letters, and let everybody know that their teammate came first!
Weplay: What's your favorite part about using Weplay?
September: We have so many games/tournaments during the year, that I'd be lost without Weplay. I set up my account three years ago and love all the new additions. The Prowler parents have become a part of it as well. We have parents that upload game pictures, set up volunteers for food, etc. and we have one parent that keeps our stats and writes all the game recaps on the Scoreboard that we all love to read! Weplay is the best organizational tool for sports teams, especially team moms that are the managers!
September Ward's Three Tips For Other Team Moms:
1- Get as many parents involved as possible.....it really helps ease the stress.
2- Use as many functions of Weplay as possible to help keep communication with the parents flowing.
3- If you are unsure of something ask for help on Weplay. The staff respond very quickly and are very friendly.
The Prowlers will be competing in AYBT Nationals this weekend. Good luck!