They mold bodies and minds, nurture skill-sets, and lead boys, girls, men and women into battle.
They are coaches.
From tee ball through college, those special leaders who guided us into competition hold a special place in our hearts. Was it the Little League coach when we were 11? The gymnastics coach who taught us to cartwheel? The swimming coach who pushed us to the brink to get an Olympic qualifying time?
Patch wants to hear about the coaches in Marina del Rey, Del Rey and Playa del Rey who make a difference. They can be an individual coach or a team coach, a head coach or an assistant. All of these people build bridges and character; they teach us what it takes to compete; and they made us better people in the process.
Nominate a coach in the comments below and tell us how this person makes a difference.
Starting next Monday, we will publish a poll asking readers to vote on who the community looks to when they think of "coach."