By Don Mahler
Valley News Sports Editor
Claremont — Kara Toms has a variation on the theme of the old sporting axiom, “no pain, no gain.”
Call it “no brain, no gain.”
This week, Toms brought her Coaching for Captains program to Claremont. This program gave student-athletes from some of the more under-served communities in the Upper Valley the opportunity to share in activities that teach them how to turn their athletic talents into leadership skills that will help not only their teammates, but their classmates, too.
And she found the perfect ambassador for her program in Dartmouth College sophomore football player Jeremiah “JD” Douchee. With a grant in hand, the pair developed the Start Ready program.