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Cool Kid coach offers lessons in basketball, life

March 1, 2012 12:00:00 AM PST
This week's "Cool Kid" is an awesome young lady who is using the game she loves to teach important life lessons to others.

Krystin Schilling volunteers as a basketball coach. But she is showing her players a lot more than how to shoot and rebound.

"Give them extra things, teach them how to respect their peers as well as their parents," says Krystin. "And show them teamwork and what commitment can get them later on in life as well."

Krystin's teams have also included kids with autism and other challenges. She's always happy to give them a little added direction.

"I'll pull off the kid that needs some extra help and will go work with him on the other side of the court to make sure he's having the same experience as the other kids when it comes to the games," says Krystin.

She says these athletes give their teammates a chance to learn a very important life lesson.

"I want them to be accepting of it and I want them to be able to look at another kid and they realize that kid might need a little bit of help and be able to help them out and want to help them out," says Krystin.

Krystin's a junior at SOAR (Students On Academic Rise) High School. She's got future plans that could one day include another kind of court.

"Hopefully getting into Florida State," says Krystin. "Being there two or three years. Graduating with my B.A. Then going on to law school."

Cool Kid Krystin Schilling gives kids skills that make them better players and even better people.


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