Austin Hopkins & Ben Mapp are learning the significance of leadership this summer as volunteer Hockey coaches at the Tri-City branch of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix. Both boys are former players who wish to share their knowledge of the sport and stress the importance of teamwork and having fun.
Q: What is your favorite thing about the Boys & Girls Clubs?
Austin: I enjoy being around the younger kids and helping them out.
Ben: The club is like a big family to me, they’re always there for me.
Q: The most important thing you can teach younger players?
Austin: To have fun!
Ben: To not fight with each other and become a team.
Q: What have you learned from coaching?
Austin: It’s not easy coaching, but if my players are having fun, that’s what counts.
Ben:It’s stressful work, but it’s also fun. It’s a part of life, like raising kids.
Q: What would you like to inspire your players to do?
Austin: Tell their friends about the sport of hockey so that more kids join next year.
Ben: Make the playoffs, work together, and be a better team.
Austin Hopkins (Pictured Left) is entering 7th Grade at Western Sky Middle School & Ben Mapp (Pictured far right) is entering 9th Grade at Agua Fria High School.
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