July 21st, 2015

Hyland's Heroes: Christine Jacobs

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Conor Revell

Managing Editor

Hyland's Heroes: Christine Jacobs
From left to right; Son, Bryce Jacobs (HC Junior), Daughter, Chandler Render (2010 HC Graduate), Daughter, Maranda Jacobs (2015 HC Graduate), Christine Jacobs (Myself) and my husband Eric Jacobs (1989 HC Graduate) / photo provided by Christine Jacobs

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.

Know someone that you think should be featured as the next "Hyland's Hero”? Send your recommendation to editor@catholicsportsnet.com.

Christine Hillman Jacobs is a Valley Station product and attended Beth Haven in grade school before graduating from Valley High in 1990.

Growing up, Christine ran cross country, played basketball, volleyball, and softball. She was also an athletic trainer for the Valley wrestling and football teams.

In 1995 Christine married Eric Jacobs, a 1989 Holy Cross graduate. She currently works as an Import/Export, Logistics and Supply Chain Management Specialist for a major specialty chemical company and hold a Purchasing and Supply Chain Management Certification from the University of Louisville.  My hobbies are reading and photography.

Outside of work, Christine is a volunteer for Holy Cross and takes photos of all the sports team and keeps stats and is softball public address announcer.  

When and how did you get your start with Holy Cross High School?

My oldest daughter, Chandler, attended HC from 2006 through 2010 during which time I purchased a Sony Alpha Series Digital camera and began to take action photos of the sports teams for the yearbook staff, students and parents.

I have three children, my daughter Maranda just became a 2015 HC graduate, and my youngest son Bryce, class of 2017, will be a junior this school year.  I still take photos for the school, yearbook, and parents as often as I am able to. Recently I began to post them to the HCHS Athletics Facebook page which I created so that the students and parents are able to access them easily and save or share them with family and friends, and I also share photos with Louisville Catholic Sports and other sports media outlets upon request.

Who asked you to contribute or what got you involved?

Jimmy Blanton was the most influential person when I first became involved at Our Lady of Consolation as a member of the booster club and an intramural volleyball coach.  When Father Ron Domhoff joined the OLC family, I chose to complete RCIA and converted from my Baptist up-bringing to Catholicism and then went on to become a member of the school board. When OLC closed, my children moved on to attend St. Andrew Academy where I was asked to serve as a member on the initial athletic board as we had the challenge of combining over 700 students from 3 small schools..

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

Throughout the years as a parent of students at HC, I have been involved in many sports as I volunteer to take photos, even when my own children were not necessarily participating.  Both of my daughters have been members of the Fast pitch softball team of which I have been the “team-mom” sending out communication to parents, making travel arrangements for the team, and taking photos.  I have also kept team stats for the coaching staff, as well as keeping score and announcing during all of the home games at HC.

Other than softball, my favorite sport to watch and take photos of is Football. I try to make it to at least one home game of each team sport, but do not always have the opportunity to do so with my work and travel schedule.  At times, when I am not able to attend, my girls will take pictures for me.  They are both pretty great with the camera taking action photos as well. 

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

The biggest motivation that I have has been setting an example for my own children to live a life that is centered around community service and outreach.  Teaching our athletes to treat others with love and respect and to keep a Christian attitude no matter the circumstances is crucial.  My belief is that young people are more apt to learn this lesson while competing on the field or on the court while they are taking part in a sport that they love. Having adults involved that share this mindset and lead by example in athletics is vital.  High School is one of the most influential times throughout student athletes lives to impress lessons such as this.

Who was the most influential person on your volunteer career? Why?

My husband, Eric has been my biggest supporter of my obsessive need to be involved.  Throughout the years, he has supported me and understood that my time away from home to volunteer, or the late nights that I am up entering stats into a spreadsheet is sometimes more important to me then laundry being folded or the house being in order. His support, as well as that of my children, has made it possible for me to give time and talent over the years.   

What are your major themes/principles as a volunteer?

Treat others as you want to be treated, show everyone equal respect, don’t judge others because you never know what their personal struggle may be, and set an example for those around you by being kind.  We have a conscious choice each and every day to be the person that we want our children to be proud of or the person that our children avoid and are ashamed of. 

When making the decision to provide your child with a Catholic education, you know that there is a cost and a sacrifice of more than just the tuition paid each year.  Being the parent of children in Catholic schools you understand that being involved is part of the commitment and expectation.  This is a tradition of private school history which many seem to have forgotten or choose to disregard.  By not being involved as a parent, you are simply denying yourself the opportunity to experience a part of your children’s lives that passes by far too quickly.  If you choose to let this time pass without sharing some of the experience, it will be gone and the opportunity with it of which you will never be able to retrieve.   Time is our most valuable asset which we can’t save, purchase, or make up.  Once it is gone, there is no way to replace the moments that pass you by.  I want to savor and cherish every single one of the moments that I am fortunate to share with my children, friends, and the student athletes of Holy Cross.

What does your role at Holy Cross High School bring to you or your family?

The relationships that we have with many people in the Holy Cross family (past and present) are some of my most valued treasures in life.  The friendships that we have made through our involvement at HC and meeting people that we may not have otherwise had the opportunity too.  For example, Jimmy Blanton (whom I became close to while volunteering with OLC) is my daughter Maranda’s Godfather.  The relationships become more than just friendships, over the years we have become an extended family.

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

Senior nights for the students are the best.  The photos that I take are often used by the parents or the underclassmen to put together photo memories of their sport.  Being able to capture the HCHS Girls Softball team on camera when they won the 2015 All A State Championship was one of the most rewarding experiences I have had in nearly 10 years as a volunteer and parent at HC.  Those moments are gone in a second’s time, but to have them captured in a series of pictures is absolutely priceless.



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