Every Ship Needs a Captain
When I first heard that CrossFit Beloit was starting a Kids program, I knew I wanted to be a part of it right away. Being a member since 2013, I had long wanted a chance to contribute to the gym in a way that was more than just my monthly membership dues. I saw the Kids program as my opportunity to give back to the place that has done so much for me. At that time I could not have anticipated how much I would gain from the experience myself. Since I started coaching in the Kids and later on Teens programs I have learned a patience and a kindness that I never knew I was capable of. Though some of that of course comes from working with the kids, I honestly believe that most of it comes from all the time I've been fortunate enough to spend over the past year with Coach Mike.
Without Mike there would be no CrossFit Kids Beloit. If the program was a ship, then he would definitely be our Captain. Mike took the lead coming up with a plan, executing it, and has dedicated himself to insure this program was a success ever since. In addition to all of the things it took to get the program off the ground, he continues to bring ideas, enthusiasm, and new members to our gym. We are so lucky to have him on our team. I don't know that I've ever met a more understanding and compassionate person, which is why he is so perfect for the kids. I think Mike's passion to make a difference to others is obvious to anyone who meets him. He has been involved in youth sports for over 20 years and you can really see that in the way he interacts with any kid that enters the gym. I am proud to not only have Mike as a colleague, but also as a friend. He has taught me to not take life so seriously and that it's ok to have some fun once in a while.
I look forward to the future of the youth programs we have at CrossFit Beloit. I feel as though these programs have really made a difference to many of the young people in our community. For me, there is no greater satisfaction than knowing something I did helped someone else. I am so grateful to have gotten this opportunity. With Coach Mike at the wheel I have no doubt that we are well on our way to a great future.