Name: Jenny Hare
City: Prosser, WA
School: Prosser Middle School Composite Team
Team: Nuclear Goat Heads
# of years with League: First Year
How did you start coaching?
My son fell in love with mountain biking and while hunting for summer mountain bike camps, I stumbled upon the League and knew it was something our town needed! We come from a big football town and I wanted kids that don’t play football or other traditional sports to have that same outlet and experience that team sports provide.
What do you like best about it?
Cycling is unifying. Anyone of any age or ability can ride a bike. The League provides the venue for achieving personal goals with the support of a team environment so no one is left behind.
What’s the hardest or most challenging part about it?
It is a constant challenge for me as I am new to the trails as well. I have trained for triathlons and road biked a bit, but just switched to mountain biking in the last couple years. I am learning from the kids just as much — if not more — as they are learning from me.
Describe an inspiring moment for you:
Every ride these kids are inspiring, they push hard and play hard. THAT is how life should be lived, on and off the bike.
How have you seen the mission fulfilled through your work?
Seeing the reaction of the community around the team has been exciting. I don’t know how many people have stopped me and said “Hey, I saw you and the kids out riding so I got my old bike out of storage.” I love that we are inspiring others to be active and get out on their bikes again!
Why do you think this program is important for students?
I think sports that are both a team sport and an individual sport are perfect for both kids and adults. They get the support of having a team with similar goals, but also get to decide on their personal goals and push themselves to be better than they were yesterday. It is also a sport that they will carry into the adult years and remain active. It is hard to find enough friends to play a game of football or basketball as an adult, but you can go for a ride anytime.
How has coaching impacted the rest of your life?
Learning to push past your comfort zone on the bike gives you more confidence in everything you do.
What advice would you give to someone considering coaching?
Do it, stop considering and come give it a try!
Give one word that describes your experience with the League: