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Coaching makes all the difference

November 5, 2012
By Solomon Alexander of Sportsmanship

The Sportsmanship Brigade attended a 5th grade volleyball matchup between Assumption parish and St. Margaret Mary Alacoque in South St. Louis County on Saturday afternoon. Megan Diel of St. Margaret Mary was a star in play and character. She repeatedly dove to the floor for loose balls and encouraged her teammates through positive plays and those that didn't go so well. Even in defeat, she displayed the type of winning spirit that serves as the essence of youth sports.

Assumption has a tremendous coach in Bill McKee. He did not sit down through the whole match and clapped and cheered his girls all the way. His girls were clearly having fun and he was the catalyst. No matter what the sport, any youth coach team would be truly fortunate to have McKee as their coach. The Brigade recognized Megan Diel and Coach McKee for their good sportsmanship, attitude and character.

The Sportsmanship Brigade is a group of Sports Commission volunteers who attend youth sporting events looking for acts of good sportsmanship. Athletes, coaches, parents, fans and officials who exhibit good sportsmanship are rewarded with a certificate of recognition and a gift card to a local business. With just a $10 or greater donation, you can enhance the Brigade's efforts. Your gift supports the prizes we provide our weekly winners. Please click here to donate. The Sportsmanship Brigade is a program of the St. Louis Sports Foundation, a 501c3 not-for-profit organization. So, your gift is tax deductible. For more on the Brigade, including scheduling and volunteering information, please visit sportsmanship.org or call 314-345-5130.

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