Former custodian's coaching made an impact
DECATUR, GA — As a teenage janitor at Peachcrest Elementary School, Mike Miller began a journey that would change his life and the lives of those he touched, according to The Champion Newspaper.
Twenty-eight years ago, Miller was asked to coach a group of disabled students who play sports from wheelchairs, the article stated.
"Kim Grass approached me and said she noticed how well I worked with the various handicapped students and wondered if I would like to coach wheelchair sports," said Miller.
"Saying yes to her and getting involved with these great young people really made me the person I am today," Miller added.
The sports program, known as DASH, has evolved in to the American Association of Adapted Sports Programs (AAASP), the article noted.
"Mark has been an outstanding coach all of these years. He''s been in it longer than I have and he always has given of himself for these kids. He has taught these students life values, teamwork skills and sportsmanship. We are going to miss him a lot and hope he will continue to help us find these students to play in the program," said adapted sports coordinator Scott Coleman.
Mark Miller Jr., Miller''s son, will take over for his father, the same age now as his father was when he began coaching, the article added.
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