Myrtle Beach youth coach, sports department receive state honor

mprabhu@thesunnews.comDecember 17, 2013 

The S.C. Athletics Program branch of the S.C. Recreation and Parks Association on Sunday named city of Myrtle Beach’s Bob Calamari as youth sport coach of the year. The youth sports department also was named athletic department of the year, making the second time the department has received the honor.

“When there are so many great districts in the state and they do so many great things… you take pride [in winning],” said Kirk Gallion, Myrtle Beach youth sports supervisor said. “The people in this business are recognizing our efforts.”

Calamari has coached multiple sports for the city for 10 years. This is Calamari’s first time receiving the state-wide honor, Gallion said.

“He’s much more than just a coach,” Gallion said. “The kids will come over and trick or treat with him and he’ll buy the kids things they need – and there are kids who might not have a lot.”

Gallion said he thought the department may have won because of the level of service it offers to Myrtle Beach and Grand Strand residents.

“For a town our size, we offer a lot,” he said.

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