Name: Julie Boselly
Team: Northshore Composite Gnarwhals
# of years with League: 3
Describe your volunteer service:
Registration, post-race clean-up
Why are you volunteering/how did you start volunteering?
I was raised to be a helper. My mother’s quote, “The best thing people can do is get involved in their community and teach their children to get involved. That’s how you change things.” –Carol Edwards. I always think, I am going to the race anyway, I should help anyway I can.
What do you like best about it?
I love supporting an activity my son gets excited about and I have made some great friends by becoming active with our team.
What’s the hardest or most challenging part about it?
Getting up early, and getting to the race location.
What’s been an inspiring moment for you?
Seeing my son smile at the end of his very first race. I knew we found an amazing group and activity.
How have you seen the mission fulfilled through your work?
I think I simply help relieve some of the stress of the others; one less detail for someone else to worry about so the events can run smoothly.
Why do you think this program is important for students?
Even though it’s competitive, it’s incredibly supportive. We were not active in other sports, so I was thrilled to see an organized student league available to my son. Students are outside, bonding and building confidence.
How has volunteering impacted you?
It doesn’t cost anything to help. When you can’t always donate cash, giving time is always appreciated. I may be tired after some events, but I always feel like it was worth it.
What advice would you give to someone considering becoming a volunteer?
Do it! It helps to know what you are good at, and put yourself there. However, trying something new helps build your own confidence.
What’s one word that describes your experience with the League?
Anything else you want to share?
Thank you to the League and the coaches for all your hard work! Remember, everyone is tired and everyone wants to get home after a race…the more people helping clean, the faster everyone gets to leave.