Team managers rack up the service hours

Kezia Cook, Staff reporter

Students are always looking for opportunities to knock out what is seemingly the easiest requirement needed to graduate high school: community service hours. What most students take for granted are the opportunities that come from working as the manager for a sports team.

Contrary to popular belief, Cleveland sports managers do more than just show up to games for free admission and early dismissal times. In fact, wrestling coach David Rosario said he pushes his managers to the limit.

“A lot of schools have managers but they are just hanging out; my managers work,” Rosario said. “You [got to] train them.”

Rosario said he never runs out of tasks for his managers to do. Thankfully, this leads them to collect more community service hours under their belts. He wrestling tournaments on average run 16-17 hours.

“We’ll leave here in the morning at 6, and it’s all day long,” he said. “It takes all day because there 17 to 18 teams. They’ll volunteer to work at the table and they will do the scoring. I give the girls their hours and mark them down. They get around 260 hours.”

Not being limited to one sport, students have the option of becoming managers for any of Cleveland’s sports teams and registration is fairly easy. Senior Quyen Le, who works as the girls basketball manager, said the interviewing process for becoming a manager was simple.

“I literally went to Coach Jamie [Redd] and said, ‘Hi, Coach Jamie! I want to be your team manager.’” Le said the coach introduced herself and immediately gave her the okay.

“That was it,” Le said.

Being a team manager also comes with some drawbacks. Some disadvantages include lack of time to do homework and late nights at practice.

“I would have to stay the whole practice, by the time I get home it’s 7 already and I don’t have much time to do homework,” Le said.

Another drawback from being a team manager is not having enough to do. Sophomore Valeria Grasso has found that being a manager for Cleveland’s baseball team is uneventful.

“Last year I just kept score of the games, that was it,” she said. “I got 160 hours from keeping score of the games.”

Managers are held accountable for supplies, schedules and hygiene, so rules must be obeyed. Becoming a team manager is a good way to get hours but there’s an added bonus: supporting the teams.