This is on a personal note for me. I am a PE teacher, but I am also a coach outside of school. I had an athlete a couple of years ago that I enjoyed coaching. He was a great leader on the team and the best player because he grew up playing with his dad and had an understanding of the game beyond the average 12 year old. The other boys on the team liked him too. I always rotate kids through playing time so even though he was the strongest player, there were times I took him out of the game. He never cared and said he wanted to be a good teammate. The young man aged out of my team so he couldn't play last year, but now my team is moving up another age division and he could play with us again. The issue is his dad. His dad is not the best person. He had the entitled mindset that because we wanted his son to play with us, that he should get a free ride and not pay. We are a club and you pay dues to play and I get paid to coach. This is not a charity, it is a business and we do fundraising and have other opportunities to help cover the fees. His parents did none of the fundraising and paid little towards his dues. I picked the boy up for practices and tourney's at his house if needed. His dad wasn't a supportive parent in the stands and would get mad if his son wasn't playing his best and holler at him. He was not a good representative of what a parent in our organization should be. We want our parents to support their players and let the coaches do the coaching. Fast forward 2 years to now and he could play with us again. We want to make a run at the national tournament this summer which we have never done before. My club director messaged the dad about his boy playing for us again. She knows this kid is something special but the dad hasn't responded. He is prideful and would never apologize or own up to anything. This young man could get an athletic scholarship in college. All the coaches in our organization know him and all agree. Our sport isn't popular in our part of the country and being able to go to out of town tourney's will get him seen. I want to reach out to the dad because I don't want to give up on his kid. He got a new job selling cars recently should ask the dealership to sponsor the child. The teacher side of me says I would donate part of my coaching salary to help cover part of his fees because I give my time and resources to my students at school all the time. The teacher side of me says to offer to pick him up and take him to the practices and tourneys because his dad is not a nice person and his son should not be denied the opportunity to play because of it. I know that many of you as teachers have gone out of your way to help your students because it's what we do. I don't know to do and I am asking for advice because I am emotionally invested this group and I believe in them and their abilities. It's not just about the extra income for me and it never has been. But, I may need to be told that I have to let go of this athlete. It's just hard because as an educator and coach, I don't want to because I want to win and first and foremost, this boy is a good kid. Thanks for your input.