They mold bodies and minds, nurture skill-sets, and lead boys, girls, men and women into battle.
They are coaches.
From tee ball to college, those special leaders empowered to guide 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?
Whether it's an individual coach or a team coach, a head coach or an assistant. We want the debate to begin about the coaches who made a difference in the community, who built bridges and character, who understood what it takes to compete, and made us better people in the process.
Next week we'll publish a poll with some of the names that get bandied about in the comments below. We'll look at the votes, examine the dialogue, and determine who the community looks to when they think of "Coach."