February 21st, 2012

Hyland's Heroes: Camilla Buese

Sarah Newell

CSN Staff Writer


Hyland's Heroes: Camilla Buese
photo courtesy of Camilla Buese

Buese family give a hand wherever needed  

The following feature is a part of a weekly series, sponsored by Hyland, Block & Hyland, called "Hyland's Heroes" - a set of profiles that will spotlight Louisville area Catholic volunteers, coaches and administrators who assist athletic programs and teams, and help promote excellence in all aspects of sports. Know someone that you think should be featured as the next "Hyland's Hero”? Send your recommendation to editor@catholicsportsnet.com.

When it comes to parent support and volunteers, especially found around the pool deck, one must notice the unique spirit of Holy Spirit Parish Member Camilla Buese.

Buese, parent of four Catholic student athletes, got involved in helping with her children’s athletic teams when her oldest child was in kindergarten in the late 1990’s.

 “When Mackenzie started at Sacred Heart Model School, (now she is a sophomore at Miami  (Ohio)), my husband Kirk and I started to help her teams. We got involved with the basketball and swimming teams,” said Buese.

Camilla, originally from Evansville, Indiana, said she noticed all of the parent involvement and cherished that teamwork from the start.

“Every parent wants to get involved. That’s what I see,” said Buese. “Parents all want to get involved with the Catholic education, and it’s rewarding to see the parents give back in academics and sports.”

Following Mackenzie, who attended SHMS and then Sacred Heart Academy, Kelsey is a current senior at Sacred Heart Academy, Cole is now a freshman at St. Xavier and Hallie is a fifth grader at SHMS.

And with each child’s different athletic achievements, Camilla said the majority of her volunteer time has been around swimming.

“All of my children have or are swimming now,” said Buese. “I have called many swim meets, but I also participate in helping with team organization. For instance, I help get Hallie’s basketball team’s snacks ready at SHMS and then help decorate the lockers for Kelsey’s SHA’s swim team. I’m also helping organize the Senior Dinner tonight at the Mercke’s house for the swim team.”

In addition to Camilla’s contributions around grade school and high school swim teams, her husband, Kirk, an avid swimmer and St. Xavier alum, has helped coach basketball and flag football at SHMS. Camilla said her family’s role in Catholic athletics is full circle.

“With Catholic sports, it’s about the team,” said Camilla. “The teams they’ve been on made the kids realize it’s about everybody and not just one person. With my family values, it’s also about a team. It takes a village. Catholic sports play a big role with that.”

When asked why Camilla puts so much time into playing an avid role in athletics, she says it is very simple.

“I love seeing the excitement my children have in sports,” said Camilla. “My daughter Hallie, for instance, played in the 5th and 6th grade girls basketball city championships this past weekend, and they won. I love to see the excitement she has for the sport, and it makes me want to be involved.”

When the games are done and the meets are scored, Camilla says that her excitement for her kids and the other student athletes sticks around, and it will, for years to come.

Said Buese: “It’s about learning how to lose and win, and to show that poise on the pool deck. The fact that the kids learn how to handle a situation that may not be the greatest at the time, warms me inside. I do think the Catholic education and sports has brought that to them.”

 

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