My goal is to build attachment and the life-long participation in sports by providing meaningful exposures in athletic activities.
I am strongly influenced by years of sandlot football, baseball, basketball, relay running races, street hockey, pool, darts, ping pong, swimming, fishing, ice fishing, biking, skateboarding, golf, water/downhill skiing, and bowling along with the dozens of nieghborhood friends I was raised with. We were in a state of constant play.
My formal training in guiding children into sports was honed during the 15 years I have been the Athletic Director and Instructor at The International School here in Portland, Oregon. I retired from the classroom in 2019 to focus on After School Athletics. I began teaching from Pre Kindergarten (3 years old) through Fifth Grade (11 years old). One of the most supportive accolades I have received has been from a doctor parent of a student I taught, she said of me, "Robert has a fundamental understanding of human nature." I like to believe that I am a keen observer and empathizer with most children and work to refine and find the correct pathways of encouragement, instruction, and facilitation in the education process.
Currently I road and mountain bike, downhill and cross-country ski, run, golf, and play racquetball. My three daughters golf, rock climb, play tennis, racquetball and run.