Rise & Shine Captain's Camp
Posted by Lindsay on August 21, 2018
This summer, Coquitlam Metro-Ford SC in partnership with Soccer Express, sponsored camper, Kirsten Koellmel, to attend the Rise & Shine Captains Camp.
Kirsten currently plays for the CMFSC U16 Girls BCSPL Galaxy. Koellmel was selected based on an essay she submitted about what it means to be a leader.
"I do not believe that you are only a leader if you have the captain's band because in most cases those ones aren't the most important. I think it
is very important to be a silent leader, someone who is not always known for being the leader, but is the one who is constantly supporting everyone
on the side."
Former professional athletes and founders of Rise & Shine Retreat, Ashleigh and Jay DeMerit, recognize the valuable life lessons and sense of empowerment that can come from sports and recreation. They appreciate the contribution sports make to overall emotional, mental, and physical health and the essential role sport plays in creating ambitious, high functioning members of society. Participation and engagement in sports can be very powerful in helping youth gear up for real life. Even beyond sports and recreation, this is about pursuing passions, and leading a well-rounded, healthy, fulfilling lifestyle.
The Rise & Shine Retreat provides youth with opportunities to improve their athletic skills through a variety of sports and activities, while also teaching them how to grow into successful adults. They focus on important life skills like cooking & nutrition, public speaking, social media best practices, and unique strategies for dealing with team dynamics and coaching staff. Participants will go on adventures in the wilderness and then sit down by a bonfire for discussions on leadership, or for other character-building exercises.
More than just a sports camp, this is an all-encompassing life-skills camp. Participants will leave with their eyes wide open to their true potential, and with a strong drive and ambition to be the best version of themselves that they could ever be. For more information regarding the Rise & Shine Captains Camp, please view their website - https://www.theriseandshinefoundation.com/sports-camps.
Kirsten found the experience to be both empowering as a player and leader, but also a super fun and a once in a lifetime experience.