Kids America hires activities director with international experience

| October 18, 2018

COSHOCTON – Nathaniel King hopes to use his passion for education and sports to help Kids America grow its activities.

The native of London, England started as Kids America’s new activities director on Sept. 1.

“My first experience in the U.S. was with an organization that did Major League Soccer Camps,” King said. “I did camps in Pennsylvania and then came out to Ohio. I worked with kids up to age 16-18. I liked the experience and wanted to come back.”

He came back to the United States to play soccer at Saint Joseph’s College in Indiana. King then played professionally in England, the United States and in Israel.

“I was only in Israel a year,” he said. “The fans there are very passion. They love the game so much that if you lose one you sleep with an eye open.”

King felt called to do more with soccer and ended up in New Albany where he opened a charter school and soccer camp. However, due to differences in leadership, he decided to resign from that position, which led him to apply at Kids America.

“I want to offer people the best possible experience in a professional environment,” King said. “I want kids in the community to get quality coaching from polite and respectful people.”

He also plans to introduce new programs like futsal, which King said is the official indoor version of outdoor soccer.

“Internationally some of the world’s greatest players grew up with this,” he said.

Futsal is played on a basketball court with a ball that has less bounce than a soccer ball.

“They have to think faster and it helps them develop their skills,” King said.

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He also is focused on reaching out to teams and getting them involved again in leagues, making sure leagues are balanced and bringing back summer camps.

“This is about the kids,” King said. “I want them to have fun and grow and hope people will support us in doing that.”

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I started my journalism career in 2002 with a daily newspaper chain. After various stops with them, I am happy to be back home! I graduated from Coshocton High School in 1998 and received a Bachelor of Arts in Communication in 2002 from Walsh University. I also earned several awards while working for daily papers, including being honored by Coshocton County’s veterans for the stories I wrote about them. I am honored and ready to once again shine a positive light on Coshocton County. I also am the proud mother of a little girl named Sophia!

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