Asset Builder of the Month
The High Country Soccer Association (HCSA) is proud to nominate Travis Avery to be recognized as the Summit Prevention Alliance’s (SPA) Asset Builder of the Month for September. Travis serves as a youth soccer coach and mentor to boys age 12-13.
Avery has been a soccer instructor with HCSA for three years and has proven his dedication to the players, their families and to the organization in numerous ways. Despite his busy schedule as the athletic director at Summit Middle School, Avery makes himself available to be a coach on a traveling team that plays matches both locally and around the state every weekend throughout the spring and fall.
The 12- and 13-year-old age group is often regarded as the “golden age of learning” for boys. In these influential years, it is vital to have positive role models present to develop the boys’ skills in the sports they are playing and to nurture these young adolescents in their growth as individuals.
Dirk Parmley, the director of coaching for HCSA’s Summit Strikers Soccer Club and a past recipient of the SPA Asset Builder Award, believes that Avery embodies the characteristics needed to mentor boys in this influential age.
“He works well with these boys as a positive role model,” Parmley said. “He respects them, and in return they respect him.”
Avery acknowledges that the middle school students challenge him more than the high school players he coached previously, but he enjoys the opportunity to expand his own abilities to work with youth in a constructive and positive way.
“In the end,” he said, “it’s much more about having fun with boys. And that’s always an important thing to remember.”
The HCSA has enjoyed Avery’s support since its inception and gladly takes the opportunity to promote his contributions to our organization and to the families he has touched along the way.
High Country Soccer Association
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