By Mandy Saffer
PCG Digital Marketing is proud to show off the team full of individuals who are dedicated to giving back to their communities. While supporting charities and fundraising for good causes is frequently done, some team members spend their time helping out in different ways.
Matt Shanley, a project manager and former content writer, spends his free time during the winter season volunteering with the Toms River Basketball Association. The all-volunteer organization members donate their time to the youth in Toms River to help them participate in organized, recreational basketball games. This league is a great way for kids in the area to keep busy during the cold months where they can’t play outside.
Being a volunteer with the association is something Matt truly enjoys doing and is excited to lead his team through his second season of coaching. He became involved after a friend’s younger brother joined the program and sparked Matt’s desire to be a coach and mentor.
“Growing up I always had older, disciplinarian-type coaches when I played basketball,” explains Matt. “I always wanted a coach who acted more as an older brother, and somebody who could relate to me and my struggles or successes on the court. My hopes in coaching are that I can give these things to my players while also providing them with the instruction they need to advance to higher levels of playing.”
From late November until mid March, Matt coaches his sixth grade boys during games at various Toms River elementary and middle schools. Not only does he coach within the sixth grade boys division, he is also a volunteer instructor for the co-ed second and third grade divisions. Matt has high hopes to not only lead his team to victory for the second year, but to truly make an impact on his kids.
“In my first season, the team I coached reached (and won) the championship game. Seeing the looks on the faces of 10 nine year-old boys as they achieved something they worked so hard for was so rewarding. It meant more to me than anything I, personally, had ever won.”