Coaching to Success
Southwestern Employee Gives Her Time to Change Lives
For the past five years, Valerie Baty, Facilities Office Coordinator at Southwestern Medical Center, has been on a mission to ensure any child within the city limits of Lawton, Oklahoma has the opportunity to play a team sport, even if that means coaching the team herself.
Since elementary team sports depend on volunteers for team coordination and coaching, some schools go without. That is where Valerie steps in. As a registered volunteer with Lawton Parks and Recreation, she will scout all of the private and public schools and home school programs for children wanting to play a team sport, but don’t have access to one. Valerie will assist in recruiting coaches or finding other teams to place the students. But she doesn’t stop there, she also serves as the coach for the Eisenhower Elementary girls’ basketball and volleyball teams, T-ball team, assistant football coach and new this year, cheerleading coach.
“I don’t focus on winning, I want my kids to have fun, learn how to get along and work as a team. It’s nice to win, but it’s not as important as being active, learning the fundamentals and finding new love for a sport. I wouldn’t trade what I do for anything. This keeps me young and I want to do it until I can’t.”
Valerie is also an active member of the local Rotary Club and assists with her churches financial and membership records.