The Players

Coach Katrina Kangaroo

20 years old, attends community college

Katrina has lost her soccer scholarship at her university and now attends the local community college. In an effort to fit in with her peers, she started smoking and using alcohol, which negatively impacted her ability to play. Even though she’s disappointed and embarrassed about having to come back home, she enrolls in the local community college and volunteers to coach a newly formed soccer team of second and third graders in her neighborhood.
Coach is honest and truthful with the other characters. She wants to teach them important skills in addition to playing soccer like using good communication, thinking about consequences, and learning how to calm down before trying to solve a problem. She’s really smart and helps them learn about the Solution Stoplight, coping skills, the facts about tobacco and alcohol, peer pressure, and respecting differences. Coach Katrina is originally from Australia.

Footprints for Life is specifically designed to build students’ social competencies, which include planning and decision-making skills, interpersonal skills, peaceful conflict resolution skills, cultural competence skills, and resistance skills.

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