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Clockwise: Crystallettes Team Manager Kristina Glisson and the senior Crystallettes; Karen Styzinski, center, with her daughter Emily, left, and Kalysa Pumpuch; Skyliners General Manager Jen Sais with the Skyliners senior team; Hockettes team managers Deb DesRosiers and Danielle Wright-Boquette, center, with the Hockettes junior team

Neff said. “Her presence on the team is irreplace-

able,” Lee added. “All she does for us goes far beyond expectation with nothing in return; it deserves an infinite amount of recognition and thanks.” To accommodate 20 athletes and coaches, team managers and other team service personnel give their time selflessly to ensure that every- thing runs smoothly. Tey attend all practices, order apparel, register the team for competi- tions, plan meals, cook meals and make snack bags. Tey care about making the most of each season. Keeping everyone on the same page is

something that Starlights team manager Dawn Ambrogio — with help from Deb Alexander — excels at, DREAM skater and Starlight Brittney Rivelli said. “Dawn communicates our weekly schedule via email to ensure that all of us skaters and parents are up to date and in touch with one an- other,” Rivelli said. “She brings both the skaters and parents closer together as a team.” Skyliner athletes call Jen Sais “a mom away

from home.” “Although Jen’s title is team manager, we affectionately address her as Mom because of the endless commitment to and love for our team,” DREAM skater and senior Skyliner Kelsey Bialo

said. “Rinkside, she will be with skate towels, tissues and Tic Tacs. Everywhere we go, she has incredible patience and a personality that makes each athlete feel at home when we are with her.” Sais knows every skater’s routine, DREAM

skater and Skyliner Kylie Saloma said. “Her job is around the clock and you will

find that she barely sleeps.” Two of the most important skills young athletes can learn are independence and organi- zation. Watching how a team manager handles challenging situations and juggles multiple balls in the air is invaluable for skaters to learn and apply in their personal and skating lives. Olivia Dussel from the Chicago Jazz said

that Karen Styzinski, Chicago Jazz junior team manager, wants athletes to focus on their skat- ing.

“She makes us personalized notebooks to bring to practice to be prepared,” Dussel said. “She wants us to make sure that we write down notes to remember, and she listens and talks to us whenever we feel stressed.” Chicago Jazz General Manager Mike

Nardella has been with the organization for 29 of its 30 years of existence. Nardella coordinates all the junior teams’ international entry forms with U.S. Figure Skating, makes sure everything goes smoothly at those events, and can be seen rinkside as an ice technician at certain events.

DREAM skater Bailey Styzinski, a former member of the Chicago Jazz and now a member of the Miami University senior team in Oxford, Ohio, is proud and admires her mother, Karen, who continues to serve as team manager for Chicago Jazz. Styzinski’s younger sister, Emily, just completed her competitive career with the Jazz.

“Even though my sister and I are done skating with Chicago Jazz, my mom still goes to every practice to make sure the athletes and coaches have everything they need,” Styzinski said.

As a member of the RedHawks, Styzins-

ki now sees how the team manager role has changed for her at the collegiate level. Te team manager rarely interacts with the athletes, but instead helps the parents interact with each other while keeping the athletes in mind. She sings the praises of their team manager Stacey Maynard. “She coordinates with parents to make

sure that they are able to spend time getting to know each other and seeing us at competitions,” Styzinski said. “From putting together snack bags to coordinating hotel room blocks for the parents and making sure the Miami fan section is the loudest, she does it all.”


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