My Service Experience - David Spethmann

For most of my service hours, I helped coach for St.Cloud Youth Hockey. Coaching for me wasn’t to try and get the kids to be super good at hockey. It was most of them's 4th year playing so you can’t expect too much. I was more there to be a role model and keep the kids in line. I would go to the rink a few times each week to practice with the same team. It was fun getting to know the kids and helping them grow. 

This seemed to help we more than it helped the younger kids. I learned far more than I thought I would going into this. Watching the kids finally understand how to do something and then get a big smile on their face was very cool. It gave me the chance to look back on when I was this young and didn’t have a worry in the world. Though those kids know how to push the right buttons to get under your skin, it helped me learn patience. I got a lot out of this that I will remember and use for the rest of my life.

Looking into the future I will use a lot of the things I learned. It taught me how to deal with kids who are a little too confident, and how to get other kids confidence up. It will help when I have my own kids to know what to do in certain situations and how to make them understand things. This program has helped me in more ways than I even realize right now. I am going to continue to help these kids grow and become better hockey players and kids. 

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