Recreation - Service Learning Opportunities

 Town of Carrboro Carrboro Recreation and Parks
Craig Wolfe
Mission statement: To enrich the leisure needs and quality of life for citizens by providing accessible facilities, creative and diverse recreation
opportunities and a safe public park system. A variety of opportunities exist.
 Town of Chapel Hill Chapel Hill Parks and Recreation
Bernard Leach – Athletic Supervisor
A variety of opportunities, please contact Mr. Leach.
  Girls on the Run of the Triangle (GOTR)
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Chapel Hill/Durham, NC
Melanie Aquilino - Program Manager;
Girls on the Run is a 13-week character development program for girls in 3rd through 5th grades, combining lessons on self-esteem and healthy living with training to participate in a non-competitive 5k walk/run at the end of the season. We are looking for students interested in being coaches for this transformative and fun after-school program. Coaches must be at least 18 years old, and have access to personal transportation. If you are between 16 and 18 years old and would like to serve as a junior coach, please contact Melanie. The time commitment is 1.5 hours twice a week in the afternoon or early evening (depending on the program site). If volunteers are attempting to fulfill community service, Girls on the Run will provide documentation to substantiate these service hours. Our coach mentors do not have to be runners! All we ask is that they have an open mind, a good sense of humor, and an interest in supporting young girls as they develop life skills. The Fall 2015 programming season starts September 21st and runs through mid-December. Further information can be found on our registration page.
 JW Athletics Foundation JW Athletics Foundation
JW Cedar Grove Ruritan Gym
6116 Efland Cedar Grove Road
Cedar Grove, NC
Alan Campbell
JW Athletics Foundationis a 501(c)(3) nonprofit with a mission to help prepare young athletes to compete with confidence on the court and in life. Please contact Alan Campbell at 919-451-5441 or for more info. We provide regular basketball Clinics and sponsor a youth Winter Basketball League for the local community in northern Orange County. We are looking for high school student volunteers to help us with clinics and our league. This experience will provide a great opportunity to teach and mentor younger kids and gain important leadership skills in a fun environment. Our Clinics are typically held on Monday nights (6:30 - 8:00 pm) throughout the year. Students may serve as an instructor and assist our coaches with the skills and drills. Students will gain experience in public speaking and teaching skills and also management skills in handling a group of younger kids. Our Winter League runs late November through February (contact us for dates). Students can assist us with running the games, serving as announcer, and interacting with patrons as a staff volunteer. We also have need for assistance in filming our games. All of these opportunities will help students further develop interpersonal communication skills and management skills to help in their careers. These service projects are well suited to basketball players; however basketball skills are not required as long as you enjoy working with kids in a fun environment. You will likely get a bit of exercise as well! Currently all of our clinics and league operations are located at the Cedar Grove Ruritan Gym, 6116 Efland Cedar Grove Rd in Cedar Grove, NC…this is just north of Hillsborough.
Orange County NC Orange County Parks & Recreation
Lori Taft
Variety of opportunities, call ahead for dates and details.
 Organic Sports Academy Organic Sports Academy
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
Kennard Winchester - Director/Coach
Organic Sports Academy is a non-profit 501(c)(3) helping young student athletes Play, Train, Compete, and Grow. OSA’s mission for student volunteers is to provide a great place for positive development – encouraging the development of skills, providing work experience, social competencies, self-esteem, leadership, and identity development. Our volunteer programs are geared to enhance marketability both for work and college acceptance. Areas in which your talent is needed: • Academics • Sports Volunteers will help student athletes with their homework in reading, language arts, mathematics, science, and history. Maybe you have fond memories of practicing and playing youth sports and would like to give back that fun and positive experience; OSA offers that opportunity. OSA’s sports programs consist of basketball, baseball, flag football, softball, and volleyball, just to name a few. Areas of help are Head Coaches, Assistant Coaches, Skill Development Coaches, Score Keepers, and Field/Court Monitors. No prior sports knowledge is necessary; just bring enthusiasm and a desire to have fun. If you’re looking to have fun teaching academics and/or sports to young student athletes, come out show them how much fun they can have while getting exercise. The healthier they are, the better you will feel about your work – and don’t forget, you’re getting exercise too! If this sounds like the service learning opportunity for you please contact us! Organic Sports Academy meets at Phillips Middle School.
 Rainbow Soccer Rainbow Soccer (RS)
121 S. Estes Drive, Suite 203-A
Chapel Hill, NC 27515
Contact: Karen Aldridge
We are looking for committed, energetic high school students who love soccer and love working with kids in our community. Complete your service learning hours at Rainbow Soccer, a vital part of the Chapel Hill-Carrboro recreation community for over 40 years. Maybe you played soccer with us as a kid and have fond memories of your time with Rainbow. Here’s your opportunity to give back to the community by volunteering as an assistant coach, coach, or assistant field monitor. You can earn up to 32 service learning hours by coaching a team for the Spring 2015 soccer season. Days: Monday/Weds or Tues/Thursday practices; Friday & Saturday game Dates: Our spring season dates are Mon. Mar 9 – Sat. May 16, 2015 Times: 4 – 6 Mon-Thurs, 5:00 – 6:15 Fridays, variable times on Saturdays Age groups: 3 – 12 years Locations: We have service learning opportunities available at all of our locations: Rainbow Soccer Complex: Cleland Rd, Chapel Hill (Mon-Thurs, Friday, Sat.) Volunteer positions available: Assistant Coach, Coach, Assistant Field Monitor Southern Community Park: adjacent to Southern Village (Mon-Thurs, Friday, Sat.) Volunteer positions available: Assistant Coach, Coach, Assistant Field Monitor Cedar Falls/Homestead Park: (Mon – Thurs only) Positions available: Assistant Coach, Coach, Assistant Field Monitor Position descriptions: Coach: Coach a team of children (10 - 12 children depending on age group) – plan and conduct practices; coach at games; interact with parents; maintain regular parent contact via email. Assistant Coach: Assists coach in above activities, may also assist in creating and maintaining email group for the team. Field Monitor Assistant: Work under the supervision of an adult field monitor. The FM is responsible for the management of a field site during practices and/or games; making sure 1st aid kit is available if needed; being available after practice to stay with players until their parents/guardians pick them up in case their coach cannot stay. We provide: Basic equipment for coaching (cones, pinnies, a few balls), coaching support via our DOC Drew Kepley (; online coaching resources. You provide: energy, passion for working with young soccer players, commitment. We are looking for volunteer coaches and assistants who speak Spanish!! (Note: If you need some hours during June – Aug, 2015, contact Karen for volunteer opportunities in the office.) If this sounds like the service learning opportunity for you please contact us at: Drew Kepley; or Karen Aldridge; (919) 967-8797.
 Special Olympics of Orange County Special Olympics Orange County
Colleen Lanigan - Special Olympics Orange County
Special Olympics Orange County volunteers provide 1:1 coaching year round in 11 different sports such as soccer, basketball, swimming, and cycling. Practices are 1.5 hours weekly for an 8 - 10 week season. Since athletes range in skill level from very low to very competitive, coaches may find a team that suits their own knowledge and skill. No prior sports knowledge is necessary, only enthusiasm, flexibility and a sense of humor. Visit the SOOC website to view the application and calendar.
 Tar Heel Youth Triathlon Tar Heel Youth Triathlon Series - by Kids Tri NC
JoAnna Younts
Kids Tri NC is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to promote youth fitness and fun through multisport activities. The organization produces triathlon clinics and race for kids ages 6 through 15, including the Tar Heel Youth Triathlon series, with three races in the Triangle in 2015: May 17, August 2, and September 27. We need volunteers at our races to help with a variety of activities, including setting up, directing kids on the bike and run courses and handing out finisher medals. Volunteer arrival time is usually 6am, races start at 8am and conclude by 11am. If you are interested in volunteering at any of our races, go to, click on Races tab, click on the race you are interested in (Chapel Hill, Briar Chapel and NW Cary) and then the Volunteer to Help button. You can also use the Contact Us option as well.