By Estela Camacho
The Danbury Trojans Pop Warner Program continues to flourish in Danbury. The Trojans are part of DAYO, which also offers T-Ball, Flag Football, Lacrosse, Middle School Track and Field and Basketball, plus a Speed and Agility Camp. Over the years, we have enjoyed a tremendous amount of growth and success with our programs, which can be attributed to the countless volunteers that have given their time and talents to work with the children of our community.
Volunteers are more than mentors; they are the driven force to impact the organization, from helping coordinate and run a particular sport to adding more programs and making changes to better the sports. Volunteers can be a team parent, a coach, an assistant coach or a commissioner, collect money at the admission gate, help in concession, help set up for an event and much more. There are numerous volunteer positions, including being a part of the governance structure of an organization, a board member. While organized youth sports have increased in communities, volunteer participation has diminished throughout the years. Factors that seem to impact participation are the working hours parents have, or parents trying to balance work, school, religion and other extra-curricular activities with other children. Volunteers contribute to the physical and social value of the organization. They have a positive influence on the organization and the community.
One of the objectives is to make players ready for the high-school level; in that aspect, we make sure that the volunteer leaders and coaches have the right qualifications, skills and knowledge of the sport. DAYO’s volunteer leadership consists of a number of members with 20+ years of experience, coaches with over 10 years.
Volunteer board members recognize the benefits of diversity. No one is undervalued. Our board is a reflection of diversity and it can meet the needs of our community. We have volunteers that speak Spanish and we are recruiting to add more Spanish-speaking volunteers.
We have volunteers that do not have children in the program. They just want to give back to the community. At this time, DAYO counts on over 350 volunteers a year. It sounds like a lot but with an organization this huge that offers many sports, more help is needed. Volunteers are KEY to DAYO’s success!
Become part of the Trojans Tradition; it can be a rewarding experience for both you and your child. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call Estela at 203-530-2457.
“As a lifelong Danbury resident and my involvement with the organization for 35 years, I have had the opportunity to see the organization grow through the addition of programs and participation. I have coached all of the sports that we offer, held administrative and leadership positions and had the opportunity to meet many wonderful people and their children. I have done this to help make Danbury a better place to live. I encourage you to get involved by giving your time and talents by becoming part of a great organization.” Nick Kaplanis, President of Danbury Athletic Youth Organization
This article was written by Estela Camacho, Danbury Athletic Youth Organization (DAYO) secretary. For more information, visit www.dayosports.com, or contact Estela at 203-530-2457 or Bestelacamacho@sbcglobal.net.