BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - “Look good, feel good, do good”.
That’s the motto Coach Steve Sills is teaching in his Career and Character Class at Homewood Middle School. We caught up with him as he taught a group of boys how to tie a necktie. It’s just one of the many life lessons he’s passing on to his students. The rest of that motto he says is, “The better you look, the better you feel, the better you perform”.
Performance is the key for the Homewood Trendsetters, a community service group Coach Sills founded. 300 boys and girls work together on various projects such as collecting disaster supplies, sorting charity donations and cheering special needs athletes. Along the way they also have fun but their lessons go much deeper. Coach Sills is focused on giving them confidence to build their lives and find their dreams. He says, “Encouragement is like oxygen, you can’t live without it. If I can teach them to believe in themselves the sky is the limit.”
That approach has certainly worked for the 8th grade football team which he coached all the way to the Metro South Middle School championship. Coach Sills himself won the Coach of the Year award from the National Positive Coaching Alliance.
As a man of faith he says his gift of connecting with young people comes with a purpose. His biggest reward he says is seeing them grow up and become successful in high school, college and beyond. “Just to see them come back and say thanks and they’re proud of the people they’re becoming. It makes my day."
He goes on to say, “That’s why I get up each day. Someone is counting on me to help get through the day and feel better. I take it on full force.”
We salute Coach Steve Sills who is “Doing Good” at Homewood Middle School.