SOMERS, N.Y. – Despite starting several new programs that have helped Somers students with mental disabilities and dedicating much of her time to helping further education, Christine Katsch said she was surprised when she found out she had been selected to the Somers Education Hall of Fame.
Katsch is one of three people who have made a lasting educational impact on the town of Somers who will be inducted into the Somers Education Foundation Hall of Fame during the group’s annual Gala and Auction on April 27 at Putnam National Golf Club.
"It's quite an honor and I really never expected it," Katsch said. "I just feel like a mom who loves soccer and wants every kid to get a chance to play."
Katsch, a 14-year resident of Somers, has helped grow the American Youth Soccer Organization program in Somers over the last 10 years and has introduced new programs that have quickly become popular in the community. Katsch became regional commissioner four years ago and most recently launched the VIP (Very Important Players) program providing soccer for kids with special needs.
"I always make sure to do my best to keep kids playing and having fun no matter what age they are or where they come from," Katsch said. "I think everyone should be able to play and there should always be a place they can go to knock the ball around and have a good time."
Katsch also balances her time with working in finance for Unilever and volunteering for PTA events while being a mom for three Somers students.
"I can't always just ask people to help me out and not turn around and help out these other organizations," she said. "But because I am a full-time working mom, I don't get to be with my kids when they get off the school bus and I think this is one way for me to be involved in their lives and volunteering and meeting other parents."
She may have little time to herself, but Katsch said she would prefer it that way.
"Volunteering just makes you feel good no matter what your reason might be for doing it or what you're doing," she said. "Ultimately it makes you feel good and I think being involved in the community is important and I couldn't imagine doing anything else."
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