4 Love of the Game Sports was founded by Kathie Gude in 2002. It started out as a soccer league for high school girls in the Orthodox Jewish community. I directed my attention to that particular group of people because I saw there was a desire for physical activity and sports in their lives. All the other youth soccer programs such as AYSO usually had games on Saturdays. This was not an option for someone of an orthodox Jewish faith. What I decided to do was cater specifically to the girls’ religious needs in which I would respect Shabbot each week and any other Jewish holidays. I would hold a practice during the week and games would be played on Sundays. It was a success! All of a sudden, I had 120 girls from all the surrounding Orthodox Jewish High Schools in Los Angeles playing soccer. The great thing about it was many of the girls signing up always had an interest but never played soccer before. Everyone was welcome, no matter what their ability level and it was exactly for love of the game, and that is how I came up with my company. I decided to expand my business and provide services in all sports and fitness activities for individuals of all ages.
I graduated in 2001 from California State University of Northridge with a Bachelors degree in Kinesiology and in 2011 with a Masters degree in Sports Management from American Public University. I hold a certification in personal training accredited by NASM as well as an ASEP Coaching certificate and a NFHS Fundamentals of Coaching certificate. I also attended Massage Therapy School at The Institute of Psycho-Structural Balancing in 1996. For most my life, sports has played a huge role, whether as an athlete or a coach. All throughout my school years, I engaged in any sport I could such as basketball, soccer, softball, and cross-country. I continued playing soccer for 2 years at Santa Monica Community College. However, it was at age 11 when one particular sport became my passion and primary focus. It was martial arts. I began studying the art when I was 10. I worked up through the system and was a frequent participant in tournaments. By the age of 13, I started doing private training sessions for $35/hour at my dojo. I received my Black Belt in Kenpo by 15 years of age. After High School, I started teaching Karate at camps and schools in Los Angeles. I worked as a coach doing sports themed birthday parties. I started Kickboxing when I was 20 and eventually participated in amateur bouts. A few years later, I decided I wanted to professional box in which I did for 2 years.
After I graduated from college, I worked at Shalhevet High School teaching physical education and coaching soccer and basketball. After 3 years, I switched jobs and began working at Yula High School. I continued to teach Physical Education and coached soccer, basketball, and also cross country. A year after being at Yula, I became both the girls and boys school Athletic Director. I also took the Los Angeles Girls Soccer Maccabi Team to Detroit in 2008 and won the Championship! Years later I decided to stop working for the schools and direct all my attention to my own business in sports and fitness, and that is where I am today. I am available for private and/or group training sessions.