|Natasha Sleigh refs the H.D. Cooke-Brookland game.|
This month we highlight Natasha Sleigh, who is refereeing elementary school soccer games each Thursday this fall for DC SCORES.
Are you currently employed/student? If so where?
Yes, I am a construction consultant at Held Enloe & Associates.
How did you get involved with DC SCORES?
I saw your article in The Washington Post (Aug. 1) and was struck by how difficult it is for kids to get involved in after-school sports. I have played soccer since I was 5 or 6 years old, and in high school when I wasn’t playing soccer I was coaching little kids. I also played intramural soccer as well as rugby when I was a student at Western Washington University, so it just seemed like something I had to get involved with.
What do you find most interesting about DC SCORES?
In college I worked with at-risk youth, particularly fifth graders who I noticed did not get enough activity during the day and had no structure after school. DC SCORES does all of that; the poetry along with the soccer allows everyone to get involved. Kids still get the team culture whether they are athletically or writing-inclined, and I think that is so important to ensuring that kids are well-rounded.
Describe your most enjoyable experience volunteering for DC SCORES.
What motivates you to want to volunteer?
I think being a part of your community is important. I just recently moved here in the past year, and I didn’t grow up here and was having trouble feeling connected to the community. I think volunteering helps you connect and you can meet people and the kids in your neighborhood. I know when I was growing up, if there had been a program like DC SCORES in my neighborhood it would have been amazing. I feel that if this program is important to those kids then it’s important to me too.
What do you like to do with your free time?
I have two dogs that I adore and I like to go running with them. I also enjoy reading, watching new TV shows, D.C. United games, and spending time with my friends.
Who is your favorite athlete?
I would say Abby Wambach. She is a strong player and it is so cool that she was a guest judge at the Poetry Slam! a few years back. Also, as a Seattle native, I like Kasey Keller, the goalkeeper for the Seattle Sounders.
Who is your favorite singer or poet?
I’ve been getting into John Legend; he has a new album that is awesome.
What is your favorite food?
Anything with a lot of carbs, particularly pasta and breads.
Any other interesting information about yourself?
My rugby nickname was Slayer, because my last name is Sleigh.