An Interview with E-Fitness Volunteer Coach Sho

E-Sports programs draw some amazing volunteer coaches from the community. Regularly volunteers come from local high schools and colleges to volunteer their time in coaching the kids. We love providing our high school volunteers the opportunity to receive community service credit toward their graduation for serving at E-Sports. We often have high school athletes come out to serve. One of our current volunteer coaches at Sunnyvale E-Fitness is Sho Yamamoto, a talented running back for his Leland High School football team. He has been serving at E-Fitness over the past two seasons. Here’s what he had to say about his experience so far…


Question: What’s been the highlight so far for you working with the kids in the program?
Coach Sho: Seeing the joy that it brings these kids to be able to participate in something at least once a week where they aren’t made to feel different.  


Question: What have you learned about yourself from working with the kids in the program?
 Coach Sho: Leadership.  This experience teaches me how to be a better leader-teamwork, helping someone to get through a challenge, etc… 


Question: What do you think about the typical kids who are out there helping their special needs peers?
Coach Sho: I’m inspired to see other HS students just like me out here sacrificing their Saturday mornings to be out helping other people rather than doing what they want to do.  

Question: Do you have any other observations, insights, or things that you’ve learned or seen while at E-Fitness that you would like to share about?
Coach Sho: Grateful to be a part of the program and be able to use my talents & athletic skills to be able to help others to develop theirs.  Especially kids with special needs because they don’t have many opportunities, but health is important to them.  Health is important to me & to be able to help others in their health is rewarding.