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Published: Wednesday, Oct. 17 2012 12:00 a.m. MDT

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Ford DeTreese
Provo, UT

"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.

The Real Maverick
Orem, UT

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.

Midvaliean
MIDVALE, UT

umm yeah right. This letter is based on nothing but speculation, and some crazy speculation at that.

VIDAR
Murray, UT

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

Demo Dave
Holladay, UT

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' salaries.

Winglish
Lehi, UT

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.

Howard Beal
Provo, UT

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...

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