Take a walk in my shoes.
That’s exactly what Riverside senior Kaitlyn Wagner did. As a freshman, Wagner found her dream of playing soccer for the Pirates derailed after getting cut during tryouts. Instead of sulking or blaming the coach for a lack of good judgment, she decided to help teach the sport at Carrington Middle School.
“I learned more being a coach than I did as a player,” she told the student newspaper. “Before, I didn’t know how to articulate what I needed help on, but after being on the other side as a coach, I now know how to communicate better.”
Wagner eventually made the squad but continued her assistant coaching duties.
“One day I want to be a coach because I have really enjoyed working with the Carrington team,” she said. “It helped me a lot with learning how to talk to others.”
Vinny Del Negro will coach the Wolfpack, Kenny Smith the Tar Heels and Christian Laettner the Blue Devils. (Got the juices flowing already, eh?) A special silent auction will be held with all proceeds going evenly to The V Foundation for Cancer Research, UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center and the Duke Children’s Hospital. Call (919) 433-1566 for more information.
Senior Evan Norfleet will honor his grandfather, Dr. Edward A. Norfleet, with The Edward A. Norfleet Memorial Golf Tournament. All proceeds will benefit the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center to fight pancreatic cancer.
Dr. Norfleet worked in UNC Hospital’s Department of Anesthesia for 35 years. He retired in 2008 and died of pancreatic cancer two years later. The four-player scramble tourney is April 14, 10 a.m. at Chapel Hill Country Club. Email Norfleet at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (919) 937-4135 for more information.