Ryan Westerkamp, Youth Sports Director at the Walnut Creek YMCA, was looking for someone to coach a seventh grade boys team last year. "When I told Seville about it, he stepped right up and offered to coach them — even though he was already coaching his daughter's team." That's the kind of guy Seville Lee is.
Tell us a little about yourself.
I am a married father of five kids from 2 years old to 21. I love to play golf and spend time with my kids. I also like to DJ and spend time with God.
How long have you been coaching at the YMCA, and what made you decide to volunteer?
I started coaching my oldest son in basketball in another league and found out I really enjoyed coaching. It was a natural fit; I was a youth pastor and loved spending time with my son and other boys who needed encouragement. This will be my fourth year coaching basketball through the Walnut Creek YMCA. I love to play basketball and I love helping the youth.
What do you like about the YMCA youth basketball program?
I love the YMCA program because they encourage teamwork, and they encourage all the other coaches to meet each other. With most other leagues, you don't know the other coaches.
How do you think youth sports through the Y help develop youth?
I think YMCA youth sports help kids develop character, help them find direction, allow them to go out and try new sports, and give them an opportunity to try different things. Life development! It teaches young people how to cope and deal with different stresses.
What are you looking forward to the most this upcoming season?
I’m excited to see the young people come together and work as teams but, most importantly, to see them have fun. The cool part is I get an opportunity to impact a generation of youth in an environment where families support the development of their children.