After the Baltimore Bays Chelsea under-18 team advanced to the national finals of the U.S. Soccer Developmental Academy League, UMBC assistant soccer coach Anthony Adams had mixed emotions.
This isn't the first time Adams has faced this quandary. Three years ago, Adams went through the same situation with his first child, and the decision to leave or stay wasn't any easier.
"It's been a little stressful with that, but she's really supportive," he said. "Three years ago I was coaching the team, and the doctor said the baby could come at any time. I ended up staying home from the trip, and she didn't have the baby until the day I would have returned."
This summer, Adams will make the trip but hopes the baby doesn't arrive before the Aug. 9 due date.
With everything going on, Adams is still looking forward to the trip. The opportunity to watch the kids grow into men is one of the reasons he coaches.
"Because I coach at the college level, I kind of know what these kids are going to need for the next level," he said. "I get to see them develop from age 15 on, and when I see them develop into college players, it's pretty cool."
A charitable role model
Baltimore City Community College baseball coach Daryl Smith concedes that he didn't have a glamorous childhood. His mother worked three jobs to give him and his siblings all she could, but Smith said his stepfather wasn't a good influence.
His lack of a male role model growing up inspired him to work with youths as an adult. This summer, he's doing a number of activities with that goal in mind, including donating $5 from every copy sold of his book -- "Dreams Do Exist" -- to charity. He will also be hosting his third annual golf tournament on July11 at Oakmont Green Golf Course. Proceeds from the event will go to local baseball clubs as well as youth mentorship programs in the area.
"Giving back is what it's all about. If you don't take time to give back to your community, you can expect to see your community dissolve," Smith said. "We all need guidance, even adults, and you look for guidance. Even if it's there, you have to ask for it because a lot of people go about their days worrying about themselves and not others."