Drew Petzing - Minnesota Vikings Assistant Coach (Former Terriers Camper, CIT & Coach)
My desire to pursure a career in coaching was strongly influenced by the many memorable weeks I spent at Terriers. I jumped at the opportunity to follow in the steps of the coaches I had looked up to & learned from to give back the great experiences I loved as a kid. Terriers taught me about sportsmanship & the importance of being part of a team. Learning those like skills have proved to be extremely important in my life on and off the field.
Derek Chalmers, Coach
I love coaching. As simple as it sounds, it' the truth. I grew up attending Terriers as a kid. I always loved when my coaches got into the games and hyped the team when I was playing. As a result, as a coach, Iove giving all my energy to the kids and being a part of their experience in the games. Actually, sometimes I find being a coach more fun than beina ca camper because you control the game in a positive way and all the kids have a blast. Coaching is also a lot of hard work. Sometime the kids don't easily cooperate and it can be very frustrating to bring it all together. As odd as it may sound, this has been a great life lesson and challege for me. In life, you will experience this in many ways, but you have to realize you're a team and the goal is to get everyone to work together. In conclusion, being a coach is a great experience and has tought me great leadership and teamwork skills and hopefully the kids are learning from me.
Zach Dines, CIT
Terriers is a really great place. I get to hang out with a bunch of kids and make new friends. Being a CIT helps teach about leadership and how to act around younger children. It helps meet more kids that I would not know and I eventually see them when I umpire their Little League games. I don’t really have a single favorite Terriers moment, but when the game gets down to the wire and there is a walkoff hit or homerun that is pretty fun.
Will Mountzoures, CIT & Coach
My experiences as a CIT and Coach at Terriers taught me and others how to respectably conduct ourselves in a work environment, and represent a program with our attitudes and actions. I will carry this with me into future work experiences and other aspects of my life.
The best part about Terriers, is getting to coach the kids and spend time with them, it’s great to build relationships with some of the campers. Favorite part of being a CIT is winning the buckets.
Just a quick note to let you know that Ben had a great time at Terriers this week and enjoyed being a CIT! You run a great program, and I just wished to say thank you!
Julia Steen, Parent
We just wanted to thank you for another great couple of weeks for Sam & Jack at Terriers. They both had a super time, and Rob and I truly appreciate all that you do for the kids. It is a really wonderful opportunity for them to learn some important life lessons and skills, and have fun in the process.
Marnee Saltalamacchia, Parent
Thanks so much for letting Robbie participate with your great program. He would like to come again next year! We feel fortunate to have had such a great opportunity for our son as a CIT this year.
Paula Ryan, Parent
I don't know what we would do without Terriers! It has made the kid's summers for so many years!
Rick & Hillary Pini, Parent
Andrew has had the best experience being a CIT. He's grown and matured thanks to the opportunity. Terriers is the best!
Terriers means that I can have fun while teaching kids how to play sports and watching them play because it can get very exciting at times. I also have good experiences while playing/watching with these kids. My biggest takeaway is when a kid messes up. Never yell at them because that could cause them to get sad. This lesson will help me in the future when I have kids and I will not get mad when they mess up because people make mistakes and that’s apart of human nature.
Terriers was the best camp as a child. As a CIT it is a little bit different, but it's still a good time with friends. Work hard and you will be rewarded, do nothing and you get nothing. My favorite part of being a CIT is teaching little kids how to play a sport.
It is fun to me being able to help kids out, and teach them new ways to improve their athleticism. Being able to meet new kids, that I can build new relationships with. My favorite moment from terriers was when I saw a kid who missed an easy shot in basketball, and another kid from the opposite team saw that the kid was sad so he cheered him up.