LUBBOCK, Texas — Lady Raiders head coach Krista Gerlich is shining on the court and now gearing up to hit a different hardwood as the star of the waltz gala for wishes.
“It’s a challenge. It’s not very easy to do,” Gerlich said. “It’s a lot easier to watch him say ‘oh I can do it’ than to go in there and play it. “
It leaves behind the Euro Step and moves to the Two-Step.
“It’s not like any Two-Step I’ve ever done before. back to the old barn dances you know you had, it’s not like that at all.
“It’s really fun. I like the fact that I’m learning something new. It’s a hard dance. I mean, I think it’s a really hard dance. I thought it would be easier for me to understand,” said Gerlich.
She hopes a challenge will inspire her team and she steps out of her comfort zone to tackle this ballroom dance.
“I want my daughters to see me enjoying putting myself forward and having the courage to do something different. It’s okay if people laugh. it’s gonna be okay, and it’s gonna be okay if people like it. I am the one who does. I just think it’s a great opportunity. said Gerlich.
Coach Gerlich has been practicing this dance for months knowing what his performance means to our Southern Plains wish children.
“I feel like the job I work in is just helping kids. You know, my kids might be 18-24 in my profession, but it’s an opportunity to help kids. struggling kids, you know? Let their families fight, they just fight to give them some joy and something to look forward to,” she said. “And I just think Make-A- Wish is such an amazing organization and the mission is so important and so heartwarming and I’m just happy to be a part of it.”
She hopes this ally-oop will bring her the trophy.
“I want to learn. I want to do it right. and yes, I’m very competitive. I’m here to win,” Gerlich said.
If you would like to get involved with the Make-A-Wish Foundation, simply call them at 806-785-9474.
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