I’m Sarah…I’m the creator and leader of Inside-Out Strong
Inside-Out Strong was birthed in 2015 out of a prompting in my heart to influence girls…making them stronger in heart, mind and body.
It all started at camp…
When I was a college volleyball player, I was looking for a way to earn alittle extra cash during the summers. (and I mean, LITTLE) I began coaching at volleyball camps and would spend the week teaching 10 girls how to pass, set and hit the volleyball better so they could make their middle school or high school volleyball teams. That first summer ended with a camper crying her eyes out…not because she was homesick, but absolutely the opposite…because she loved every minute of her volleyball camp experience. I realized in that moment, through the vehicle of sports/athletics, I can build relationships and have a big influence on a young girls life because of the role of COACH.
This experience lead me into coaching…
As a health and physical education teacher I was given the opportunity to positively impact girls lives for longer than a week at camp by becoming a High School Volleyball Coach at State College High School in PA. While there were plenty of ups and downs and growing pains as I developing into a more experienced and mature leader, I fell in love with the players themselves and the bigger influence I had on their lives. This became my purpose…to lead young girls to become stronger in heart, mind, body and relationships.
Through being a coach I learned a lot of life lessons. I’ll share them with you…
– Focus on the journey, not the destination
– Teens want and need a positive influencer in their lives (parent, teacher, coach, pastor…or all of the above)
– Team sports teach a lot about operating as a family
– Success = doing your best at becoming the best you were created to be
– Roles are different AND equally important. No role is more important than another.
– Challenges, failures and setbacks are the perfect setup for progress and improvement
– Sports are more than just fun activities. They are gateways to a child’s heart and mind
– Challenges and failures teach you more than winning
After experiencing both sides of the athletic coin, athlete and coach, I recognized that athletics is more than winning or just getting better at the sport. It is a prime vehicle in developing confident, loving, accepting, courageous, bold, selfless and compassionate young people.
As a health educator and wellness coach I also see a gap between how much emphasis is placed on physical health and the lack of strengthening the inside…the heart and mind. Seeing that need, Inside-Out Strong was born.
Out of the lessons I was learning, I wanted to create a program and course FOR coaches, teachers, youth leaders, parents or influencers of teens to guide them to become strong inside and out, in heart, mind AND body.
If you have a daughter and desire to see her become all she was created to be, I encourage you to learn more about the workbook and the workshop