SNAPSHOT: Angie Toebben - Perfect perspective for running kids sports

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Angie Toebben supervises recreation programs for the city Parks and Recreation Department.

For Angie Toebben, sports just sounded more fun than interior design.

Toebben, who works as a recreation program supervisor for the Jefferson City Parks and Recreation department, said that when she first when to college, she said thought her future was in interior design.

“I liked drawing,” Toebben said. “My dad builds houses and designs. But I was not into the color matching and picking out furniture.”

It was then that she decided to move from William Woods University to the University of Missouri and that recreation services was her true path.

And for the last 13 years, Toebben said she has constantly enjoyed what she has found down that path. Her responsibilities include organizing youth sports, including flag football, volleyball, basketball, baseball, softball, and adult volleyball and basketball programs. In addition, she works with events like the NFL Punt, Pass and Kick contest, the Pepsi Pitch, Hit and Run contest and the Hershey’s Track and Field Meet.

That’s not to say, however, that Toebben doesn’t run into the occasional angry phone call, especially when dealing with children’s sports.

“A lot of parents perceive that I do things for a certain way, and that it is not right,” Toebben said. “A lot of them call me upset, and I have to explain to them why something was done, why a sched- schedule was made the way it was made, why their kid is on this team, and then they seem to understand more.

“I don’t think they totally understand how teams are put together, because we have to go by the numbers for each school, look at how many from this grade we have and how many from this grade we have. We have to look at how many teams we have as whole and how much field space we have and then determine where we can put them. ... There is a lot that goes into it.”

Toebben said that being the parent of four kids herself, three of which participate in organized sports, has given her perspective when it comes to making the decisions.

“I do look at, as a parent, how I would feel about this as well,” Toebben said. “I don’t just look at it from the administrative part.”

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