October 15th, 2015

Hyland's Heroes: Megan Wine

Samantha Stallings

Staff Writer

Hyland's Heroes: Megan Wine
In picture from left: Brady, Rileigh, Brett, Ryan, and Megan Wine / photo provided by Megan Wine

The following feature is a part of a bi-weekly series, sponsored by Hyland Insurance. "Hyland's Heroes" is a series of profiles that spotlight Louisville area Catholic volunteers, coaches and administrators who assist athletic programs and teams, and help promote excellence in all aspects of sports.

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Megan Wine is married to Brett Wine and is a stay at home mom to three kids: Brady 12, Rileigh 10, and Ryan 7 who attend Our Lady of Lourdes.

When and how did you get your start with Our Lady of Lourdes? 

My Our Lady of Lourdes days began when my oldest child began first grade at OLOL in 2009. Naturally, I began volunteering during that school year with a few Parish PTOs and booster events.

Who asked you to contribute or what got you involved? 

Being a volunteer at OLOL is very pivotal to the success of the parish; giving one's time and talent is so important to living a life of stewardship. I became involved in the athletic program at OLOL when the former cheer coordinator Keena McCarthy asked me to help coach the fifth/sixth grade team in 2011.

What sports did or do you volunteer to help and for how long? 

I have coached cheer at OLOL since 2011 and have been the cheer coordinator since 2014.

What’s the connection with your faith and giving your time to student athletes?  

I think it's great for student athletes to see that you can use your love of sports as an adult to give back to your parish in a meaningful way. I love showing young girls how to work successfully with each other, become more self-confident and gain physical, mental and spiritual strength along the way.  

Who was the most influential person on your volunteer career? 

I had a great coach in high school, Steven Hill, who selflessly gave of his time and talent for many years.  His contribution to my life as a student athlete was profound.   He taught me how to use sports as outlet for physical accomplishment, self-confidence and Christian sportsmanship. 

What are your major themes/principle as a volunteer?  

As a volunteer coach who deals with pre-teen and teen girls, my biggest goal is for the girls to have a positive experience. By positively influencing them and supporting I also love to use this time to help girls who may not have found a home in other sports by realizing and teaching that cheer can give them an outlet for physical conditioning, mental focus and team building. Cheer gets a bad rap as it may not be as intense or as physically demanding as other sports, so I like to push my girls to do things they never dreamed they could. This often gives them a source of pride and physical accomplishment they had been missing. I also love to show my teams that working together as a group of young women is far better than tearing each other down by building positive self-esteem.

What does your role at Our Lady of Lourdes bring your family?  

Being an active volunteer shows my children that living the stewardship lifestyle means you should give back and share your God given talents.  Stewardship means utilizing the gift or talent to share with your church and that making time to give back is essential.  The time I give to coaching or other volunteer activities is ultimately my gift to God, there are many volunteer opportunities at Lourdes and they need to see that giving of oneself is a great joy and blessing.

What are the fondest experiences or memories you have of your volunteer time?  

My fondest coaching memories have been of seeing the look of pure joy on my girls' faces when they perfect a routine or stunt they never thought they could do.  Those smiles and looks of pride and accomplishment are why I keep coaching.  As a chair of a couple Christmas Bazaars at OLOL, my best memories come from the time spent with friends planning and putting on successful events.  The benefits of giving of time and stewardship are that it often leads to fellowship with others, which is a great part of any successful parish.


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