This month, we recognize Deputy Director of Program Initiatives, Sheila Wells. Not only did Sheila oversee all of our summer camp programs but she also managed to sneak in time for an interview! Read her SASF story.
Tell us how you first got involved in with SASF! How long have you been with us?
Believe it or not, I did not know what or who Sports & Arts in Schools Foundation was before I applied. I was managing several Advantage contracts in Nassau County that were ending and someone told me about SASF. I joined SASF in 2014 as a Program Manager (PM).
What an exciting summer camp season for you! What are you most proud of?
Thank you – our victorious summer season could not be possible without the collective efforts of Site Directors, PMs and support staff at HQ. There were several memorable moments but I am most proud of all of the exciting trips that exposed our participants to the summer’s curriculum outside the classroom.
Tell me about someone who has inspired you at SASF.
I am inspired by every employee who makes a commitment to SASF, especially the dedicated Site Directors & line staff that touch, move, and inspire our participants every day.
What three traits define you?
In my career of youth development, I have tried to embody compassion, integrity, and a steadfast commitment to all youth/communities served. These tenants remain as core principles to help me remember my purpose for entering the field.
What do you think is the most important quality you need to have for success?
Optimism – the hopefulness and confidence about the future or the successful outcome of something coupled with passion for youth work will continually drive anyone to success.
What do you consider your greatest achievement?
My greatest achievement at SASF is the successful inception of SASF’s Annual Spelling Bee two years ago. It all started as a small vision to help students improve their spelling, increase their vocabularies, learn concepts, and develop public speaking skills. This evolved to become a division wide spelling bee with over 400 participants each year.