Teen Boys Teach Leadership Through Hockey

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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