What’s your role at Delta Sculling Center (DSC)?
I am a Youth Coach Intern and I provide general help for most center activities
Can you share a memorable experience that you have had while working with DSC?
I remember the joy that our high school athletes had when both the girls and boys boats made it past time trials and into the semi and grand final. They made it the furthest in program history, and got to see what a season of hard work and dedication lead to. As a coach I felt extremely proud and excited for their accomplishments.
What sets DSC apart from similar organizations, and how does the staff and volunteers contribute to this uniqueness?
The best part about DSC is that it is one big family. We are all invested in each others' lives. We celebrate when someone accomplishes something great, and we support one another when times are difficult.
What kind of impact does DSC have on the mental and physical well-being of the staff members and volunteers, and how does it reflect on the community they serve?
DSC has a great impact on the well being of all of its staff, members, and volunteers. DSC’s mission is to provide a place “where everyBody sculls”. In order to accomplish this mission, the staff and members have created a positive and supportive atmosphere. This atmosphere encourages anyone of any ability to improve their ability to scull, as well as forge bonds with the other members. This love and investment doesn’t end at our members; through our outreach programs we hope to promote the sport of sculling and bring our sense of community to the great city of Stockton.
What kind of personal growth have you experienced since joining the DSC team and how has it influenced your life outside of the organization?
I have experienced considerable growth since I began working at DSC. In the last 6 months I have learned more about coaching youth and adults than the rest of my career. I have learned how personal coaching needs to be, and how youth from different backgrounds often respond better to different structures. I have greatly improved my ability to effectively communicate to others, and I believe that what I have learned will stay with me for the rest of my life.
How has your involvement with DSC influenced your sense of community and belonging, and what connections have you made through the organization?
I am from out of state, so when I arrived in Stockton to play waterpolo I was alone. I did forge relationships with my teammates, but not until I joined DSC did I really join the community. The aquatic community of Stockton is a strong one ingrained in the rich history of the city. When I got involved with DSC, I unknowingly joined this community. I have a passion for water sports, and DSC has helped connect me to a group of likeminded individuals who want to provide a place where anyone can learn water sports. I believe that water sports are an essential to life, especially life connected to the Delta.