I know the managers of the football team may just seem like people who just give the boys water on the field. But for those who manage, it's much more. We hand out jerseys and practice equipment, fix their helmets and more. And as soon as players are on that field starting practice, we are there with them, even at 7a.m.
Four girls have managed for 3 to 4 years for this team. They include Ashlyn Leishman, Lesley Cruz, Jayda Howard, and, me, Kiara Guerrero.
We each have all of our own stories to tell about this team, from bus rides to practices. These boys have become more than just people we give water to. We all care about these boys. They have become practically family, including the coaches.
With that I would like to share experiences from each manager’s perspective.
I’ll start with Jayda Howard. “Over the past 4 years, I've had a really good lesson on responsibility and unity. I didn't think that there was a chance in the world that I'd be able to make friends with anyone on the team, but over time, I have become very close with these guys. They've been really good to me and really good friends. They've looked out for me and helped me with a lot. I'm really glad that they would have taken me under my wing like they did, including the coaches and the other managers.”
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