Operation Get Active is a health initiative that uses the game of soccer to encourages Chattanooga's youth to live active, healthy lifestyles.
Operation Get Active aims to inspire and educate children across Chattanooga about the importance of health, fitness, and nutrition. Ultimately, our goal is to encourage participants to maintain regular exercise throughout the rest of their childhood and into adolescence. Using soccer as our tool, we seek to introduce a diverse group of children to sports and in doing so, develop their teamwork, leadership, and social skills.
We understand power of sport and truly believe that soccer is a universal language that has the ability to engage children in leadership, teamwork, and communication.
We are currently working in a variety of public elementary schools, City of Chattanooga recreation centers, and private community centers and have reached over 1400 kids since we launched in the spring 2016.
In addition to our work with schools children, Operation Get Active coaches also work with children and adults with physical and intellectual disabilities.
Program Locations Fall 2018
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Meet our Team
Peter has over 10 years experience managing and conceptualizing sport for development programs in India, China, the UK, Namibia and now in the United States. He's also worked for the Olympics during the London 2012 games. A soccer fanatic (especially Exeter City FC in addition to Chattanooga Football Club!), Pete is enthusiastic about using soccer to reach a variety of people from diverse economic and cultural backgrounds.
Julian has over five years of experience working with youth sports in the Chattanooga area. Previous to working for Operation Get Active, he graduated from UTC with a Bachelors in International Studies in Latin American Culture and Spanish. Julian has been playing soccer most of his life. He loves using sports to bring kids from different parts of his community together as well as teaching essential life skills through the game of soccer.
Coaching & events
Marissa graduated from UTC with a bachelors degree in Sports Management and a minor in Business Administration. She has over 4 years of experience working with children in the city of Chattanooga and over 6 years experience of supervising. She has a true passion for working with children and being a role model through all sports.
Jay graduated from UTC with a bachelors degree in Environmental Science and has over 3 years of experience working with and coaching youth sports in the Chattanooga area. He is passionate about the game of soccer and loves to use it to inspire the youth in his community. He also has a passion for video editing and content creation. Jay has worked with the Chattanooga Football Club media team and has created content for Operation Get Active as well.
Currently studying at The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga for bachelor’s degree in Sports and Leisure Management and a minor in Business Administration. I have 4 years of experience working with children. I have a passion for being active and healthy. I love using sports to teach children that being active can be enjoyable.
Become a coach
Pay $15 per hour
As a senior coach, you will be responsible for the planning, delivery, safety and completion of the Operation Get Active program at your assigned location. You will oversee and manage assistant coaches.
Pay $10 per hour
As an assistant coach, you will be responsible for the assisting your senior coach in the planning, delivery, and completion of the Operation Get Active program at your assigned location.