Woodward, Okla. —
As teams prepare to enter a new fall sports season at Kid's Inc., Director Mike Medill shared what else is new with the youth sports organization.
One important new addition is Jeryka Pipins, who joined the organization as the new assistant director on Aug. 1.
Pipins herself played in Kid's Inc. softball, basketball and soccer leagues as a child and is amazed to have the opportunity to once again participate in the organization.
“I never thought I would sit in this chair,” she told The News while sitting behind her new desk in the Kid's Inc. offices.
However, after earning her bachelor's degree in health and sports science with a minor in sports psychology from Northwestern Oklahoma State University in Alva in Dec. 2012, Pipins said she feels her education makes her a good fit for the position.
“I practically wrote the book on it,” she said with a laugh, explaining “I actually had to write a 10-page paper on sports and recreation management.”
KID'S INC. JOINS FACEBOOK
Pipins' addition to the Kid's Inc. staff has also led to other changes in the organization, including a foray into the realm of social media. She started a Kid's Inc. Facebook page.
“Jeryka is catching me up with new technology,” Medill said.
Both Medill and Pipins said the Facebook page is a great way to help keep parents updated on sign-up periods, game schedules, and volunteer opportunities.
“So far it's been a hit,” Pipins said. “Since we're not going to be here on Monday (for Labor Day), I put a post that we would take early sign-ups for basketball and we've already had 5 to 6 girls come up here to register with some of their parents volunteering to be coaches. I think I've already got 3 coaches out of it.”
The Facebook page also helped Pipins find some soccer coaches.
“When we still needed some under-6 coaches, I put it on there (Facebook) and by the end of the day I had all the help I needed,” she said.
Medill said they also plan to use the Facebook page as a way to share photos of Kid's Inc. games and events.
“Hopefully we'll have a picture page so people can go on and see their kids in action,” Medill said.
In addition to the photos that Kid's Inc. staff posts on the page, Pipins said, “I have it set up so if somebody is out here and they post pics from a game it can go on our wall too.”