September 13, 2010 by Post Team 

Sequoia, If Sequoia Neff had its own theme song, it might sound a bit like “I’m Every Woman”, made famous by Chaka Khan in 1978.

According to her friends, the mother of seven, often seen on sports fields throughout the city, supporting and coaching their children, the possibility of her busy life to make it look easy.

“What drives me is my children and the children in my community,” she said. “That’s really my focus – to help them better citizens and get them involved in things build character.”

About three months ago, the former substitute teacher decided to do a full-time housewife to be.

Each of her children playing a sport or two and Neff manages actively involved, even as a team mother for some of their teams.

She is also head coach of Long Beach Track & Field Club No Limit, a nonprofit organization she founded, the training for youth between 5 to 17 provides for the athletics. The program promotes sportsmanship and academics, while the youth socially, emotionally and physically.

“My daughter is delighted when one of her (Neff) runners on this team,” Hill said Nivea. “The children love her spirit and her team very well under her leadership to implement. She is not only a mother her own children, but she is half mother for the children on her team.”

Her ability to do everything she does and still graceful leaves around her in awe, says Hill.

“She likes the time of no time. She draws energy and ambition from her pocket and seems never run low,” says Hill. “She makes her rounds throughout the day, each child in their sporting activity.”

So how does she manage to so much to do and remain sane? “Staying organized,” said Neff.

“I must find a way to stay organized so I can work towards a goal,” she said. “I’m really organized – my money, my time. I know what I’ll do and where I’m going to be. This is an important point, so I do not remove from my own time and the time with my husband.”

Despite her overbooked schedule of family, school and sports, Neff found time for a book of poetry about her life called write “The Diary of a woman.”

She also attends school for her teaching credentials. “My ultimate goal is to teach and coach full time,” she said.

Character building is important, says Neff. Therefore, mixed with the sport are a few life lessons to build character in her children.

“The biggest thing I emphasize is the best person they can be first, praising God and a relationship with God and then to have good character, a good community citizen, and not to judge,” she said.

To top it off, Neff an at-home project: starting a magazine, Long Beach Youth Sports Connection, a resource for parents with children in sport, “she said.

“My hope is that we can get more exposure, attract more organizations that can help these children benefit,” she said. “To an eye on the child and be a little gloss and maybe a university professor or college coach will see it and want to look at one of these children.”

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