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Volunteering comes naturally for Steve Harari

By: Joyia Emard, Loomis News Staff Writer
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“Loomis is packed with volunteers, dozens and dozens,” said Steve Harari. Harari, of Loomis, claims there are many parents, just like him, who pitch-in to help when they are needed. Harari has served as a den leader in Cub Scouts and is an assistant scoutmaster with Boy Scouts of America Troop 12 in Loomis. He has also coached baseball, soccer and basketball. “Anyone that can walk, talk and chew gum can coach 7-year-olds at baseball,” Harari said. According to Harari, he never planned to be a volunteer, it just “evolved naturally.” He said that it was his special memories of playing sports as a child that prompted him to step up when coaches were needed. He explained that many parents are “a little fearful” of coaching, but he said coaching younger children requires no expertise. “Some parents may be hesitant because they haven’t volunteered or coached before,” he said. Harari, who has his own corporate turn-around company called Harari & Associates, encourages parents to volunteer because there is great satisfaction in it. “I like to see the boys develop and mature. There is satisfaction in seeing them have fun and accomplish new things both in Scouts and sports,” he said. Harari has coached both of his sons – John, 11, and Thomas, 14, - in baseball, basketball and soccer. While he played baseball in college and even played semi-pro baseball, he had no coaching experience in any of the three sports. “When your kids are young, that’s the time to start,” he said. Harari said his coaching days are numbered as his older son, a Del Oro freshman, now plays for the school teams and his younger son, a sixth-grader at H. Clarke Powers School, will soon outgrow youth sports. “I only have a few years of kids sports left. I definitely see myself involved in the future. I’ll volunteer in different ways, maybe Lions Club or the Loomis Basin Education Foundation,” he said. Harari spends a lot of his time with his sons at Boy Scout functions and helps plan and coordinate outings, trips and community service projects. “Steve is an extremely valuable asset to the success of Troop 12,” said Scoutmaster Nathan Baker. According to Scout Justin Kelly, 15, of Penryn, who is a Del Oro sophomore, Harari “runs a lot of good events and gets everyone involved, including the yo “He’s a really nice guy. He’s someone to look up to,” Justin said. “He’s one of the first guys to jump in and volunteer,” said Justin’s dad, Joe Kelly, who is also an assistant Scoutmaster. Harari has volunteered to coordinate summer camp, is a merit badge counselor and is in charge of communications for the troop. He said he hopes that his volunteerism leaves an impression on the boys. “I think that over the course of a boy’s upbringing he might have 8-12 role models. I’d like to think that I have been one of them,” Ha