Kids basketball coach shows players true meaning of "Team"
There's no such thing as going "out of bounds" for a basketball coach in Sequatchie County.
She's constantly going out in the community showing her players the true meaning of being a part of a team.
In this week's Pay It Forward, Jessica Harthorn surprises her at Griffith Elementary School.
For kids in Dunlap, basketball and Coach Kasey go hand in hand.
She's coached for 14 years, teaching children as young as three how to dribble and bounce pass.
But it's what she's teaching her players off the court that's making a big difference.
Its not a typical Thursday at Griffith Elementary.
The Sequatchie County Varsity Girls Basketball Team is hiding in a stairwell and dozens of kids are filing into the gymnasium.
Parent Sarah Neal is watching all the action from a video feed in the school office.
"That's Olivia and Parker right there," Sarah pointed out.
Sarah's twins recently started playing basketball in the Youth Pro League and she's noticed a big change in her daughter.
"It's gave her so much self-confidence," said Sarah.
Last year, Kasey Woodlee took over the Youth Pro League.
Under her leadership, nearly 200 kids signed up leading to several girls and boys teams.
"She's a nice, loving, caring person," said player Owen Boier.
That's her right there captured on cell phone video running down the court with the littlest of players.
She coaches multiple teams a week, refs, and also makes time to teach her varsity team how to give back.
These pictures capture the moments they donated food and other items to people in need.
"The impact she's made on the school and kids is unreal," said Sarah.
Now its time Coach Kasey gets a big thank you.
"Junior Pro students, those of you wearing your jerseys and playing in Junior Pro, please be making your way to the gym quietly," announced the Principal over the loud speaker.
We made our way to the gym too, picking up the varsity girls still hiding and waiting to join the surprise.
"Ms. Kasey, on behalf of Newschannel 9 and the McMahan Law Firm, we are giving you $500 for Pay It Forward for everything you do in our community. Here's 1, 2, 3, 4, $500," surprised Sarah.
"I wasn't expecting this," hugged Coach Kasey.
Coach Kasey says she spends countless hours volunteering for one reason.
"I can recall the life lessons that basketball taught me, and just the family relationships, building relationships. That's why I love basketball," said Coach Kasey.
As for the kids...
"Yeah, Coach Kasey!"
Do you know someone who deserves $500 cash for helping others?