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As we approach the holidays with family and friends, we’d like to also give back to the places in our community that work so hard to make our loved ones safe and cared for. We want to make sure that every child has the opportunity to have a safe, welcoming environment like we offer at Future Stars.
We believe that the Cohen Children’s Medical Center, a Northwell Health member, does this for not only children but also their families. This Thanksgiving we will be donating a portion of our enrollment to them in their efforts to ensure the best environment for the hardest time in most people’s lives.
Cohen Children’s Medical Center
The Cohen Children’s Medical Center is dedicated exclusively to the care of children and is committed to providing the most sophisticated, state-of-the-art care in all major clinical areas. They understand that when it comes to the treatment of their young patients, loved ones play a crucial role. That’s why family centered care is at the core of everything they do.
Their discoveries, advancements and achievements have earned them recognition as one of the nations’ pre-eminent children’s hospitals. They even have experts available to provide educational programs in schools and local communities, which can be tailored to the specific needs of the students, parents and/or community.
We would like to assist in making a difference by donating on your behalf to the areas of need at the Cohen Children’s Medical Center:
These areas include:
– Child Life and Creative Arts Therapy Department
– Northwell Health Foundation – Cohen Children’s Medical Center
With each registration from now until Thanksgiving we will be donating $25 per week to the Cohen Children’s Medical Center for everyone that registers using the discount code ‘GOBBLE‘. Along with the donation, as a thank you to you, we will be giving you $40 off per week towards your camper(s) this summer.
MORE WAYS TO DONATE
To donate directly to the Cohen Children’s Medical Center with out registering, click here. (Make sure to support “Cohen Children’s Medical Center” in the drop-down)
If you would like to make a donation of Toys or Supplies to the Child Life and Creative Arts Therapy Department, see attached for their “Wish List” and donation guidelines.
Items from their “Wish List” can also be found on Amazon – Click Here
As we gather around the table this Thanksgiving, we can be filled with warmth knowing that together we made a difference.
As always, we are thankful for you,
Future Stars Camps
Ralph Waldo Emerson famously stated, “Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.” In my humble opinion, there is no greater truth.
As you are reading this, I want you to think back and remember your favorite teacher. Now think about your favorite coach, or neighbor. What do all of these people have in common? I bet that they were all enthusiastic; they all had a zest for life and their energy inspired you.
Now think about the most successful people at your workplace. If you are still a student, think about the students with the highest grade point average, or are the best actors, or best athletes. Guess what they all have in common. Yes! You guessed it, an insatiable, interminable, supply of energy and enthusiasm.
Okay, so we have established that enthusiasm is probably the most important building block to success. Assuming we all want to be successful, the question is then how do we become more enthusiastic? How do we become more like that amazing third grade teacher that always greeted us with a smile and knew the answer to every question about dinosaurs? The answer is not that simple, but here are some suggestions:
Here at Future Stars the most glaring common characteristic of our employees is a sense of enthusiasm; a sense of I’m willing to try this and I can’t wait to try that. We feed off of each other’s energy, and that creates a special work environment. We are grateful that so many have entrusted us with the caretaking of their children, and hope that they have felt inspired by us, in the same way my third grade teacher did for me.
Note: In John Wooden’s ‘Pyramid of Success,’ enthusiasm, along with industriousness, serves as the foundation.
As an avid Soccer fan — be it as spectator, player or coach — skill is something that is always wonderful to see from players, especially in the game environment. With the UEFA Champions League resuming play it’s a great opportunity to see many of the most accomplished players in the world showing off their skills at the highest level. Players like Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid), Lionel Messi (Barcelona), and Robin Van Persie (Man Utd) are perhaps the more recognizable names we identify with when it comes to skill but these players – along with many others – can be used as a visual aid for our youth players to strive towards in terms of skill. At the highest level we see not only skill, but more importantly players performing at pace, whilst under pressure and showing great balance throughout. As an active coach for players from the youth through collegiate level it is often the case that our players have ‘skill’ and show this in training at a comfortable pace, but when it comes to the game environment it is not always evident. The United States Soccer Federation (USSF) Best Practices for Coaching Soccer in the United States booklet states “The most fundamental skill in soccer is individual mastery of the ball and the creativity that comes with it”. To that end the focus of developing youth players should be to ensure our athletes have a sound technical base to allow them to apply the specific sports skills in the game environment. To give our players the best chance to succeed and perform in games, we as coaches should ensure every training session is well structured and follows suitable progressions whilst challenging our players to perform outside their ‘comfort zone’. There are a variety of coaching styles and methods, and it is important that a coach creates an environment that works for him/her and the players on the team. David Beckham was perhaps the most recognizable name in the professional game in the US in recent years and was famously quoted saying “I still look at myself and want to improve”. Hopefully we can encourage our youth players to have the same attitude and then enjoy the moments of skill that follow and celebrate them with our players.