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Coach Dessire

I was born in Lawton, Oklahoma, but have lived in Colorado Springs for 15 years now.

I have played soccer since I was five years old, played varsity soccer all four years in high school. I love to be outside and active all around.

What I love most about Soccer Buddies is that this is not just a job or company we are a family. Everyone who works for Soccer Buddies genuinely cares about what this company stands for and impacting children in a positive way. I have never been a part of something that I was so proud to say I’m involved with. I could talk about the benefits of Soccer Buddies for days. Another thing that I really love is that the company really makes a difference in the lives of the kids that participate. My son has been coming to Soccer Buddies for a couple years now and when he first started he would not talk to anyone. Hiding behind my leg is where he would stay, but after going and meeting the coaches and seeing how much other people cared, he started opening up much faster. Now I can't get him to stop talking about Soccer Buddies and Julie.

What I love about coaching is that I'm not just a coach to the kids and parents, I become friends with them. I love being able to be another positive influence in their lives, I normally coach the youngest classes and seeing how much they grow and develop during sessions is like being a proud mother watching their child walk for the first time. All the kids are always so happy to see you and seeing the joy in their faces is priceless. No amount of money could take the place of the joy that fills my heart when I see the kids so happy and being active.

I love all the games we have, but if I had to pick my favorite one it would have to be Bears in the Forest. The kids’ imaginations just run wild when we are traveling through the forest to help feed Buddy the bear. Allowing children to let their imaginations run free is a such a great feeling.

Coach Dessire