It’s not always easy for busy parents to stay involved with their child's sport. Some wish they could coach but don’t have the opportunity because of the time commitment. That didn’t stop sports fan and loving father, Andy Wilson, from being a part of the team. When he realized that his dream of being a basketball coach was nearly impossible, he decided to step up to the plate as Team Parent for his daughter Emma’s basketball team the Pleasant View Lady Panthers. Wilson’s ability to stay connected to what he loves even with a busy schedule makes him our Team Parent of the Week!
He has found his role as team parent and the ability to help organize his team on Weplay to be very rewarding. He is able to feel connected and help out even while he is miles away. He loves keeping on top of the team page by uploading pictures, updates, and messages. Wilson mentioned that one parent even thanked him for posting a sudden practice change on their team page because he had never received the text message from the coach. “That experience really made me feel good about what I was doing.” wrote Wilson.
Not only do the coaches appreciate Wilson being a part of the team but Emma enjoys having her dad around because with his hectic schedule it gives them more time to spend with each other. When they are not having fun bonding during basketball events they are season ticket holders for Vanderbilt’s Women’s Basketball team, and Emma is lucky enough to even be a Lady Commodore ball girl. (How cool is that!)
Wilson is very thankful for his opportunity to work with the Panthers and is so proud of how the team has been doing. For the most part, the girls have played together for two season and last year they won their youth basketball association tournament as well as tied for first place in the season! Wilson has his fingers crossed for a repeat this year.
Congratulations Andy on being our very first team dad. We are so happy that you and your team have found a home on Weplay. Good luck this season!
Andy Wilson’s Advice for Fellow Team Parents:
Get involved: everyone has a talent that can enhance the team’s experience.
Enjoy the experience (not just the games): I am amazed every week as I watch each child develop further every day. In fact, I’ve almost grown to enjoy the practices more than the games.
Appreciate the experience: I’ve had some great memories with my daughter and her team.
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