Time Out: The Culture of Referee Abuse
Zach is currently a freshman undergraduate at the University of Texas at San Antonio,
majoring in Kinesiology and minoring in Spanish. One day he hopes to work for Boston
Children’s Hospital as a Physical Therapist, helping to ensure a speedy recovery for kids and teens engaged in sports and other types of physical activity.
His childhood revolved around extensive travel. By sixteen, he had visited all fifty states,
including Hawaii and Alaska … twice. Last Christmas, using money he made from working three jobs, he paid his way to Thailand, Cambodia, and Hong Kong, a truly unforgettable experience. This Christmas, he has already booked his flight for continent number five … Antarctica!
Most of Zach’s teenage years were dedicated to service. Working with Make-A-Wish North Texas, he started a school-wide campaign that raised $10,000 to send a young boy to Disney World. This past April, he ran the Boston Marathon on behalf of Make-A-Wish
Massachusetts and Rhode Island and raised just shy of $11,000.
During his TEDxSanAntonio talk, Zach looks forward to sharing with the audience his funny but sobering experiences and explaining why discourse between coaches, parents, and referees must change in order to ensure a healthy future for youth sports.
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