The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on April 8, 2001 · Page 63
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 63

Salina, Kansas
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Sunday, April 8, 2001
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spoke." Then one day on the field, he turned to Eber and in a labored voice said, "Coach, I'm happy." Eber chai'acterizes her coaching style as "gentle but firm. The players are very aware of being different, but it's a positive experience for them to see someone else stniggle." In these cases, Eber encom'ages her players to teach one another and to keep trying. "They don't often get a chance to be someone's helper." Eber had no idea how it would feel to be on the field as a coach. "I'm not a vei-y athletic pereon, and that's the best thing about Challenger: There's even a place for a coach like me who doesn't know much about baseball to be valued for my efforts." Eber leai-ns from the kids — "their spiiit, their skills and how incredibly determined they are." She adds \rith a laugh, "I don't think Sammy Sosa has a different expression on his face when he plays baseball." For those thinking about coaching on the community level, Eber has this advice: "Get involved. Nothing feels better than to be a pait of something wonderful. Whatever work goes into it pales in comparison to the joys of being involved and seeing all the kids having a great time." C3 HOW TO ENTER THE CONTEST The award is open to all coaches who work with school or community sports programs. From your nominations, an all-star panel — including figure skating coach Audrey Welsiger, U.S. men's Olympic swim team coach Mark Schubert and New York Yankees manager Joe Torre — will select five winners. Each will receive $500.To nominate a favorite coach, describe the coach and his or her work in the past year in 250 words or less. You may send news clippings, but they cannot be returned. The nomination must Include all five of the following: I) Name of coach; 2) Coach's team/ activity; 3) Your name and daytime telephone number, with area code; 4) Your address, city, state and ZIP code; S) Name of newspaper in which you read USA WEEKEND Magazine. Nominations must be postmarked by May 15, Or enter online by May 15 at or Send to: Most Caring Coach USA WEEKEND 1000 Wilson Blvd. Arlington, Va. 22229 Employees of CBS, Gannett and USA WEEKEND carrier newspapers, and family membm of those employees, are ineligible. Honorees must sign a release. Entries become USA WEEKEND property and will not be returned.Held in conjunction with the Most Caring Athlete Awards, ^USA WEEKEfMD 4. THEEHRLYSHOWS MOST CARING COACH V^''"^ ^H<f:A^5H yo\J ^AN t>NVV HAT Waimortiircom USA WEEKEND • April 6-8,2001 19

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