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Dedicated Dad Submitted: 05/19/2011
RHINELANDER - Soccer is the name of the game for these young athletes here in Rhinelander. And that's why they have a team of coaches to back them up.

"Just to watch the girls improve it's pretty satisfying," says Soccer Coach, Joe Sturzl.

Coaches like Joe Sturzl, of Rhinelander. He's not just leading soccer, he's also raising money for a new soccer shelter.

But still, Sturzl says he's been helping kids get their cleets dirty to improve their skills in the game for nearly four years now.

"It was either yelling on the sideline as a parent, which we don't like, so I decided to move on the other side and yell," says Sturzl.

And that's a thought that scored big points with his daughter, Anna.

"It is really amazing to have my dad as a coach, because after we spend like an hour outside practicing all the drills and he gives me pointers on what I need to improve on," says Soccer Player, Anna Sturzl.

Because Sturzl says it's mentoring skills like these that can also help kids steer clear of things like drugs and alcohol.

"Kids that are in youth activities are a lot less likely to do drugs. They keep a healthy mind and a healthy body," says Sturzl.

Sturzl says he's one of about a hundred volunteers who coach soccer to around 325 kids in the area.

If you know someone who is Making a Difference in your community let us know by calling 715-365-8812......and every Thursday throughout this month we'll reveal one of their stories in our newscasts.

And if you'd like to help out with the new soccer shelter, click on the link below.

Related Weblinks: Soccer Shelter Donations


Story By: Jeff Allen

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