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Snoqualmie school speaker touts parent involvement in athletics

With most Valley students involved in team sports, many community parents want to support them.

For the third year, Bruce Brown, a motivational speaker and experienced coach, will help give that parent support direction in a talk on adult roles in athletics, 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 29, at Snoqualmie Middle School.

Brown is a 35-year teacher, coach and athletic administrator at the middle, high school, junior college and college level, and worked for the National Football League for 24 years.

He will speak about how parents can support their children, their team, coaches and programs, said Snoqualmie Middle School principal Vernie Newell, who met Brown as a coach.

Newell said the speaker bases his knowledge on information that he receives from his own players. He received positive feedback and saw more involvement from Valley parents after past visits.

"Even if you're heard him once, you want to hear him again, because he's a very dynamic speaker," he said. "As a coach myself, I've learned a lot and it has transferred my approach to parenting athletes. It's really changed my outlook for the better and I 100-percent advise parents to go."

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