Thursday, October 10, 2013

Stephen Souky’s Volunteering Record Formidable

Niskayuna native Stephen Souky has earned himself something of a reputation in the community as a consummate altruist. Stephen Souky volunteers all over the community in various capacities, and has been doing so for such a long time that he cannot even recall when he first started. In addition to his volunteer work in the community, Stephen Souky has been a youth basketball coach and administrator for a number of years, and also maintains an active role in his church, participating in church functions and church activities and staying active in the congregation. With such an active schedule, it is hard to picture Stephen Souky even having any time for himself, but he says it is not an issue.

Perhaps for people like Stephen Souky the volunteer work is its own reward. It certainly can start to seem that way, when one takes a look at all the various organizations and causes to which Stephen Souky has donated his time and energy over the years. Indeed, it begins to seem like volunteering itself must fulfill some kind of need for Stephen Souky. He says that volunteering does make him feel good, but if it were done solely for personal reasons it would feel almost selfish. Stephen Souky believes that the joy of helping others reciprocates itself inside him, and that it enriches his soul in a way that little else can. The same must be true for Stephen Souky’s relationship with his church, in which he is constantly getting involved in various capacities.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Stephen Souky Values His Coaching Experience

Long-time volunteer basketball coach Stephen Souky places a great deal of value in the time he has been lucky enough to spend coaching youth girls’ basketball. Stephen Souky has been coaching girls’ basketball for many of his 43 years, during which time he has had the privilege of coaching many different teams. Most recently, Stephen Souky has been named the President of the Niskayuna Girls Travel Basketball organization, and he has also founded and helped to organize a new AAU Girls Niskayuna Basketball squad. These new accomplishments have been like the capstone on a long and successful coaching and volunteer career for Stephen Souky, who values the time he has spent helping these girls focus and have fun.

According to Stephen Souky, one of the main reasons he values his coaching experience so much is that it has afforded him countless opportunities to influence the lives of great young people in both small and larger ways. Whether it be through leading by good example, or helping to diffuse conflict, Stephen Souky relishes the roles thrust upon him in his capacity as coach and organizer. Now, as President of the traveling organization, Stephen Souky faces an even more diverse set of challenges every day, and he appears to be more than up to the task. The increase in responsibility corresponds to an increase in satisfaction, he says.

In addition to his coaching and youth basketball admistration work, Stephen Souky enjoys volunteering around the community, and keeping an active role in his church.