What I have learned from Seren Fryatt
Virtual Soccer Clinic:
I recently got to help plan and participate in implementing L.A.C.E.S. first ever Virtual Soccer Clinic! This amazing experience allowed me to see behind the scenes planning, troubleshooting, and organizing a virtual event as well as be introduced to the coaches and youth of L.A.C.E.S. This was the first time I was able to see and meet the youth, so I was ecstatic! They were all so excited to see their L.A.C.E.S. family, and the coaches surged with energy and made sure the entire team felt appreciated and welcomed. The day of camp, when the players started joining I could see the huge smiles come across their faces. Even after the clinic was finished, a few youth stayed on the Zoom call to keep talking to friends they hadn’t been able to see due to COVID-19. This moment made me realize the connections and friendships that L.A.C.E.S. has brought to these youths and families, and I’m so thankful to be a part of this team.
Through the Virtual Soccer Clinic, I was able to see the different roles that Seren, the Executive Director and Founder, took on. She troubleshooted, spoke to the youth, kept the coaches on track, and everything in between! It was honestly amazing to see the different aspects of the program that she was able to take on to make it a success, and it made me realize how true it was of Leah, the Operations Coordinator, to mention that to work in a nonprofit you had to put on different hats at a moment’s notice. I am beyond thankful to work alongside her throughout my internship, and I’m even more thankful she has allowed me to sit down with her to ask my very extensive list of questions I had for her!