October 5th, 2017

Hyland's Heroes: Stacie Garrett

Staff Report

Hyland's Heroes: Stacie Garrett
The Garrett family / photo provided by the Garrett family

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. If you have a suggestion for Hyland’s Heroes, feel free to email Conor Revell (crevell@catholicsportsnet.com).

This week’s feature is about St. Patrick’s Stacie Garrett.

When and how did you get your start with the athletic program?

I had always taken on various rolls such as Celtic Supper Chair, working microphones for the school play, Girl Scout leader, room mom, coach etc. I heard there was a position opening on our Celtic Athletic Ministry for an at large member, I submitted my bio and applied. I focused on our athletic stewardship program. We encourage all our sports teams to complete one or more stewardship projects during the year. We have had teams work all season with Special Olympics teams showing them how to play specific sports. Other teams have collected items to take to ill children and one of our largest stewardship activities is Andy’s run. Our football players participate in the race and the money collected from the run helps members of our parish as well as others in the community. The football players often decide who receives assistance from the proceeds. I recently heard one of our football teams were participating in the Lemonade for Life Fundraiser and Andy’s run. It is great to see the growth within our Stewardship program at St. Patrick. The kids enjoy helping others.

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

I have been very blessed in my life and feel it is important to give back by volunteering whether it is through student athletes, the church or the classroom. 

Who was the most influential person on your volunteering career?

My grandmother “Nanny”, she was not able to volunteer much outside of her home because she did not drive. The impact she had on so many people inside her home was amazing. She was always helping someone in need. She helped the neighbors, their children and extended family members. Everyone was welcome at “Nanny’s” home. There were other influential people such as my past coaches. I will never forget people like Dan Brawner, Mickey Owens, Richard McCauley and David and Joyce Lindsey. They were wonderful coaches and mentors when I was a student athlete. I know how important their impact was on my childhood as well as my future.

What are your major themes/principles?

Teaching teammates and coaches to be “ includers.”  A team should be united. This includes the players, coaches and parents. I try to stress inclusiveness among our teams; it starts at the top and flows down. A coach needs to make everyone feel important. It does not matter if the child is on or off the field, court or golf course. The relationships that develop from participating with a team that includes everyone are amazing and lifelong for all involved.

What does your role bring your family?

It is important for my children to see me volunteering. They do not know of a time I was not volunteering at St. Patrick. I have three children Shelby, Cameron and Morgan. Shelby graduated from Sacred Heart; she played volleyball and ran cross country. My son Cameron is a senior at St. Xavier. He played lacrosse and plays football. Morgan is a seventh grader and plays multiple sports for St. Patrick. All three attended St Patrick School Kindergarten through eighth grade. My children influenced my role as an Athletic Director. Having three children that played multiple sports gives me a great perspective on most scenarios. My children have played on over 100 sports teams combined. The experiences have grounded me and gives me insight on how to be an effective leader.

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

My fondest memories volunteering are both athletic and one nonathletic. I coached my daughter’s volleyball team with David Domine. For those of you that know David he coached football for St. Patrick. He never coached volleyball. David watched continuous YouTube videos teaching volleyball drills. When he would come in with new drills for the girls and demonstrate the drill it was priceless. The girls on the team had a blast and we had a great season. Many laughs were shared that year.

My second memory was chairing the Celtic supper. I have been chair of the supper for many years. One year the temperature was below zero with the wind chill. Our turnout was much lighter than normal. We had so much food that was going to go to waste; I had everyone fill my car with the leftovers. It was a white flag night at the homeless shelter. I have worked at homeless shelters serving food but I was not prepared to see so many people at the shelter that night. On white Flag nights, they do not turn away anyone. The shelter was wall to wall people. Everyone was so thankful when I showed up with so much food. I was glad my friend Maria Kurnic told me about taking large amounts of unused food to the shelters.

I love volunteering at St. Patrick. It is a wonderful Parish community and I cherish my volunteer time there. I have so many wonderful memories through my volunteer work. If everyone gets involved they will have memories that last a lifetime.


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