Lord Botetourt boys soccer team learning life lessons during pandemic


BOTETOURT COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) – Even after the Lord Botetourt boys soccer season came to an abrupt end due to COVID-19, head soccer coach Tim Wright continues to teach his soccer life lessons off the pitch.

“I hope that even in the midst of this, they still get why we do what we do, and that’s about investing in each other. Players investing in each other, players investing in coaches, and coaches investing in players,” says Wright.

Wright and his team continue to stay in contact during the pandemic while practicing social distancing, which shows that the brotherhood that has been cultivated on the field remains intact.

“I think so far this whole experience has brought a couple of us closer together. Ever since this has been happening, I’ve actually been playing golf with a couple of my friends on the team that I probably wouldn’t. It’s brought some of us closer together,” says Lord Botetourt senior forward Hunter Vassar.

For Wright, sticking together during hard times is the greatest lesson that can be taught.

“Soccer is so temporary, but relationships, I believe, is key, and so it’s been fun. It’s been challenging but it’s been fun just to find ways to be able to reach out to my players,” explains Wright.

But for Vassar, having a coach that continues to teach and care is what matters the most.

“Coach Wright has always had a great impact on just about everybody. He’s a great coach and great person to be around. He’s got your back. He’s like one of us basically,” states Vassar.

As places in the nation begin to open back up, Wright and his team hope they’ll be able to one day close the distance and head back to the field.

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