Dan Bauer do­nates time, trees to Y soc­cer

The Covington News - - SPORTS - BRYAN FAZIO bfazio@cov­news.com

As Dan Bauer drives through Cov­ing­ton in his red truck with the Ar­bor Eq­uity Inc. logo on the side, chil­dren some­times yell at their par­ents as the ve­hi­cle passes, ex­claim­ing, “There goes coach Dan.”

That’s the in­flu­ence he has had over some of the soc­cer play­ers on the Cov­ing­ton Y teams he coaches, and has coached ev­ery sea­son for the last seven years.

Bauer has also in­flu­enced the county it­self, vol­un­teer­ing not only his time but his ma­te­ri­als from his busi­ness to pro­vide shade, land­scape and re­sources to the Y’s soc­cer fa­cil­i­ties off of Stone Road.

“I have a strong be­lief in com­mu­nity,” Bauer said.

He started coach­ing in the Y recre­ation leagues when his daugh­ter Pres­ley, now 11, be­gan play­ing seven years ago. He vol­un­teered as an as­sis­tant coach, and took over as a head coach four years ago.

Since then, he has coached through­out each age di­vi­sion Pres­ley and his 7-year-old son Wy­att has played in.

Now not only is he a re­quested coach by par­ents who have had chil­dren on his teams, but he has also had plenty of his pupils se­lected for the Y’s Galaxy teams.

“I en­joy it,” Bauer said. “I en­joy the kids, the ca­ma­raderie with the kids and their fam­i­lies.”

Last year, as Bauer was walk-

ing to­ward the soc­cer fields from the park­ing lot, he no­ticed the bar­ren land­scape and the blis­ter­ing heat wel­com­ing the par­tic­i­pat­ing fam­i­lies. He then set out to do some­thing about it.

As an owner and op­er­a­tor of an ar­bori­cul­ture ser­vice com­pany, he felt he could help by vol­un­teer­ing more of his time, along with trees and land­scap­ing ser­vice.

He so far has put in seven trees, and is set to put in 13 more, along with do­nat­ing five years worth of main­te­nance on top of the land­scap­ing he al­ready pro­vides.

“Ba­si­cally, the Y took the time and built a very nice soc­cer com­plex, but it was a lit­tle bar­ren when it came to the park­ing lots,” Bauer said. “It was al­most a desert over there; some points were so hot. I said, “We need some trees.’”

Bauer has given to the com­mu­nity in the past, feel­ing it is the best way to give back.

“I be­lieve the peo­ple in the com­mu­nity are my clients,” Bauer said. “I tried to make it a lit­tle more wel­com­ing when you went into the com- plex on Stone Road.”

The trees were se­lected based on the soc­cer sea­son with fall col­or­ing trees and spring flowerbloom­ing trees.

It’s some­thing he and his fam­ily can be just as proud of years from now as they are now.

“(My kids) are very proud, and they’re very ac­tive as well,” Bauer said. “Ev­ery time they have out of school, they work with us; es­pe­cially when I have vol­un­teer projects.”

He’s work­ing on an­other to­day as he be­gins a project at Peeks Chapel Ele­men­tary School in Cony­ers, where he is in­stalling 34 trees on its cam­pus with help from the Mak­ing the Shade grant.

Bauer should have plenty of time to ap­pre­ci­ate his trees as he’ll spend many days walking to­ward the field.

He will con­tinue to lead Cov­ing­ton’s young soc­cer play­ers as he watches them progress from yearto-year and im­prove in their skill sets and team work.

“I think that’s one of the parts that I like the most — the pro­gres­sion,” Bauer said. “I’ve heard that I have one of the more fa­vorite teams for the Galaxy coaches to pick off of be­cause I teach fun­da­men­tals at the rec. level. I en­joy teach­ing kids about the game and how to play it, and watch­ing them im­prove over the sea­sons.”

Bauer started play­ing soc­cer him­self at the age of 5, and con­tin­ued in the sport at Ham­burg High School in Buf­falo, N.Y. and at Paul Smith’s Col­lege in the Adiron­dacks.

“I played soc­cer my­self since I was 5-years-old and 32 years later, at 37, I still en­joy the game,” Bauer said.

Submitted Photo /The Cov­ing­ton News

Dan Bauer (far right) poses with his Cov­ing­ton Y soc­cer team which fin­ished as a semi­fi­nal­ist in the 2012 Cov­ing­ton Y Turkey Chal­lenge.

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