Volunteer Spotlight

Shari Nichols | Bridgepoint Volunteer

Jennifer Jung, Director of Benefits

Nonprofit: National Junior Basketball

"There are so many different ways to give back. I have chosen to do things that involve my children. Not only am I able to give back to the community and help other kids, I get to spend that time with my girls… this is time I will never get back to I plan on taking advantage of it while I can…. and while my girls still think it’s cool to be around mom. People can reach out to local community centers or churches. Find something that is in line with their interest or passion."

Jennifer's tagline for volunteering? "Shaping the kids of tomorrow teaching them about respect, teamwork, working hard and that it is ok to not always get a trophy!"

In the Summer of 2014, Jennifer was approached by board members of NJB Sports and immediately signed her daughter up for their basketball program. After a year of involvement as a parent, she jumped right into coaching. Jennifer is honored to be a part of a program that is run by local community members who truly care about the kids.

Jennifer volunteers about seven to eight hours a week. While volunteering, Jennifer does everything from coaching to tracking players and evaluations, as well as set-up and clean up.

Her favorite memory: "Last season we had one girl who had never played basketball before. She was terrified of the ball (would duck when someone passed to her) and couldn’t grasp the offense (she kind of just stood there). I decided to try something different with her and ran a play where she would be the shooter… but made sure she was wide open. She made the basket and after that, she was hooked. By the end of the season, she was my most aggressive player on defense. It was so much fun to watch her grow over the season – that is why I do what I do."

Why is volunteering important to Jennifer?

“I live in a community that is all about family and community spirit. Scripps Ranch has done so many great things for me and my family – I feel I need to give back to the community that has allowed my family so many amazing opportunities. I feel it is extremely important to set that example for my girls as well, and they love helping out just as much as I do. I think everyone should volunteer in some capacity. There are so many different ways to give back. I have chosen to do things that involve my children. Not only am I able to give back to the community and help other kids, I get to spend that time with my girls… this is time I will never get back to I plan on taking advantage of it while I can…. and while my girls still think it’s cool to be around mom. People can reach out to local community centers or churches. Find something that is in line with their interest or passion (for example the barking lot if you like to be around dogs or the food bank if you want to help in that area).”

Want to get involved with NJB? For the Scripps Ranch chapter contact: info@scrippsranchnjb.org

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