March 23rd, 2017
Hyland's Heroes: Bob Meyer
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.
Bob Meyer is the AD at Nativity Academy and helped start their athletic program.
When and how did you get your start with Nativity? I volunteered to start the athletic program at Nativity 12 years ago.
Who asked you to contribute or what got you involved? Sister Paula Kleine-Kracht (Founder of the school), and Nativity is the only Catholic school with an Urban core serving students from the West End.
What’s the connection with your faith and giving your time to student athletes? I am Catholic and wanted to give the Nativity students an opportunity to participate in organized sports as my children did.
Who was the most influential person on your volunteer career? Why? Frank Klein was Nativity’s first boys’ basketball coach and I decided to give more students this opportunity. It is not about winning but participating.
What are your major themes/principle as a volunteer? Respect all competitors, coaches, etc. at all times. Play to win but within the rules.
What does your role at Nativity bring your family? Give the Nativity students the chance to compete like other Catholic school students.
What are the fondest experiences or memories you have of your volunteer time? Recruiting quality coaches who always expect school first and play with class win or lose.