Edmond North’s Susan Davenport – Mom of the Month Presented by Dr. Craig Kupiec, INTEGRIS Family Care Edmond East

By John Tranchina

For Susan Davenport, it’s important to support the kids and their athletic endeavors.

Whether it’s her daughter Carley, who just finished her junior year playing on Edmond North’s soccer team, or her son Cole, who just completed seventh grade competing on the cross country and track and field teams, Davenport enjoys getting involved in her kids’ sports.

“I just think that it benefits our players to know that we support them and we believe in them, that we back them in school, whether it’s in grades or sports or activities or all of the different extracurricular activities that they do,” Davenport said. “I just think that it’s so important for our kids to know that we believe in them and that they can strive to be the best that they can be. And I just think that doing these things, by volunteering, by being on the sidelines whenever we can, helps promote that.”

Davenport was a big part of the Edmond North soccer team’s booster club this past season and helped with many different aspects of it.

“I was on the booster club and really involved with the Lady Husky soccer team events, doing the behind-the-scenes things,” she said. “I also helped with fund-raising for the team, I helped with doing things at their out-of-town or out-of-state tournaments, getting the team meal organized – just helping, trying to do the small details that sometimes add up. And fortunately, there was a great team of parents that I got to work with at North that are involved with their kids and their sports, whether it’s setting up for banquets, or working at the concession stand.”

A graduate of Putnam City North High School, Davenport remembers her own parents being involved in her pursuits when she was younger and is happy to replicate that kind of experience for her children.

“Whenever it came to school activities, I cheered and I was on pom, but I also played basketball and softball when I was way younger,” Davenport recalls. “My parents were there supporting me, and it was always nice to have them in the stands, so I know that’s what I wanted to do for my kids as well, because I just think that it makes such an impact.”

Carley has also participated in club soccer, while Cole has as well, so both kids have been pretty busy with athletics over the years. That has created logistic issues in the past with transporting each of them to the various activities, but that problem has dissipated significantly now that Carley can drive herself.

Davenport is happy her kids are committed to sports (that each chose), and would be supportive of whatever activities they wanted to be involved in. But she likes the life lessons that her children are absorbing from athletics.

“Whatever their love is, that’s what we will encourage them to do,” she said. “As far as sports, that’s just kind of where they ended up landing. If they had wanted to do something else, we would have supported them in that. I like the camaraderie that it brings, I like that they’re able to support each other, be part of a team, encourage their teammates, whether it’s in cross country or track – it may be more of an individualized sport, but it’s still a team sport. With soccer, what they do can help their team, so just the principles that it teaches them in life and whether they win or lose – they may win as a team or they may lose as a team, but it’s also more of the bigger picture, what they learn in the sport.”