Jay Evensen: Union Football, Spencer Hadley: This is why sports can really matter

Published: Thursday, Sept. 26 2013 12:00 a.m. MDT

Grown athletes who abuse steroids or cheat in other ways are said to influence similar behavior in the young people who look up to them, but why can’t influence work from the bottom up, as well? Why can’t the few coaches willing to teach integrity, honesty, good behavior and the ability to rise above mistakes have just as much, or more, influence on the nation’s future than the bad examples?

Young athletes, after all, end up in all walks of life, where the lessons they learn about fairness and second chances are even more important.

Maybe Labrum and BYU Coach Bronco Mendenhall have started a movement that reaffirms the meaning of games and puts the philosophical discussion to rest.

Jay Evensen is associate editor of the Deseret News editorial page. E-mail him at even@desnews.com. For more content, visit his web site, www.jayevensen.com.

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