If I said participating in arts and music and band and drama were a waste of
time, that these kids will just turn out weird outcasts or worse spoiled
hollywood liberal types, would someone out there feel offended? I thought so...
The lessons I learned as a high school athlete have helped carry me through
life. I feel like I have lived a valuable life, dedicated to helping others. I
will never forget the wonderful men who coached my teams, who taught me that
persistently striving to do my best while maintaining a positive attitude would
lead me to self-fulfillment in life. I learned from sports not to let failure
or losing get me down, that winners in life are people who know how to lose
graciously, and who use the failure to fuel their efforts the next time around.
These valuable lessons and many others I might never have had were it not for
those years in high school sports. Thank you, coaches.
It's true that too many parents and coaches are living their lost dreams
vicariously through their children and students, forcing the kids to do what the
adults never could. It is also true that sports have become the opiate that
stupefies our society and numbs us to what should really be important in our
lives. Don't even get me started on "professional" players'
High school sports take up a lot of time that kids would otherwise use to run
around getting in trouble. It also uses up their energy, so that they do not
feel like running wild after practice. Also, teams have rules that
require the kids to stay out of trouble, or end up disappointing the team.I know quite a few young men who would probably be criminals now; if it was
not for high school sports. Being that they competed, it taught them
self-discipline, and they were able to go on to live good successful lives.High school sports trains young people to be in control of their emotions,
they make kids less likely to be violent. Violent kids do not last long
on teams; they end up getting kicked out pretty quick
umm yeah right. This letter is based on nothing but speculation, and some crazy
speculation at that.
Do you have any facts to back up your opinions?Also, the worst moms,
wives, girlfriends I've seen are those who aren't involved in
sports/never have been at all. They're the ones who date security salesmen,
spend hours shopping at Victorias Secret and putting on makeup, and who go
clubbing with friends (while being 40 and acting like their 21 still).
They're selfish, self absorbed, and the opposite of nurturing."Soccer moms" on the other hand get up early to get their children
ready, clean up the cheerios in the car, sacrifice to clean grass stains, and
actually have a hand in the upbringing of their children.As someone
who has been a part of sports all their life, I've heard countless accounts
on how HS sports helped to prepare young men for their missions, college, and
careers. Many, are successful husbands, bishops, and millionaires of companies
now. Sports are amazing.
"After high school athlete's glory days are over, they become a waste,
wishing they were in the past, not focusing — or even really trying
— on their future, or even present."Thank you, Natalie,
for erasing the past 38 years of my life, which, from my biased perspective,
have been productive, enjoyable, and filled with many wonderful experiences with
my family. I learned some valuable lessons playing high school basketball and
baseball, but I certainly don't want to go back to high school. I'm
doing too many important things to live in the past.