When I volunteered to be the Cross Country Ski Coach, I knew I was volunteering to face several scary experiences. Among them:
- having to teach a sport I had never participated in and know nothing about, thus setting myself up for major embarrassment and ridicule
- being responsible to keep kids from getting frostbite in -30 weather.
- keeping watch to ensure that none of my skiers are eaten by polar bears (this is a legitimate danger in Shishmaref; during our long practices outside of the immediate village we have to be accompanied by armed escorts)