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Coaching Conversations: The Power to Influence Young Lives

By Greg Bach, National Alliance for Youth Sports, 12/15/17, 12:00PM CST

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Make it fun. Make them excited about sports.

A volunteer coach’s words wield enormous influence – when kids have respect for those delivering the message.

Just ask David Sloan, who played nine seasons in the NFL at tight end, compiled more than 2,000 receiving yards, scored 17 touchdowns, played in multiple playoff games and started in a Pro Bowl.

Sloan recalls in vivid detail a conversation he had with his youth football coach during his elementary school years.

It grabbed his attention.

And forever altered his approach to the game.