A coaching colleague told me of a young man who was hanging out in the wrong
crowd, experimenting with drugs. Somehow they got him in the wrestling room.
He found his niche, took state. 10 years later he has a PH.D. High school
sports changes lives, and one doesn't have to go to the NFL.Sometimes it changes lives of ENTIRE families. Sometimes for generations. Club and rec sports don't have the same impact. Because this young
man found something that he liked and could excel at, he had to keep his grades
up to compete and be a part of the team. He was also surrounded by role models
that were concerned about him as a person and as a student and as an athlete,
instead of just the latter which happens too much at the club/rec level. This is not just one success story but one of many, and one doesn't
need to be an all-state athlete. There is a story about a disabled young man
competing for Jordan HS's wrestling team. He won't take but
don't tell his Mom that wrestling didn't change their lives.
About time they think about OTHERS for a change.As far as
Andy's comment is concerned; You're saying that an educated person
like me who goes to a great college institution who has a disability of cerebral
palsy don't have the time nor place to play sports in the gyms of these
schools or colleges? I get that education is foremost important and expect the
utmost power of learning and being able become a better person for that!! But
for your "walking legs" and able self to say that People with
Disabilities; DON'T MATTER!! That's like you killing me AND for that
you might or could be a nice person. But your comments are heartless and
disrespectful to those People with Disability who have an educated mind!!
If for example, a person in a wheel chair could consistently win certain running
races, then would their wins really be considered wins? If not whats the
point?Or perhaps they never could win the races.
This makes no sense, especially in a time of falling budgets and failing
achievement. Kids need skills to make money to service the enormous
debt. Sports are games, secondary to real-world work. (I played so spare me
the lesson on all we can learn from being on a team etc.I earn more from my
degrees than from my sports achievements) Rather than spending millions and
millions of dollars modifying fields and locker rooms so one or two additional
kids can play games, let's focus on increasing test scores and broadening
curriculum to remain competitive in an increasingly competitive world.
I see the day when public education passes athletics to rec and club leagues and
tries to meet the increasing pressure to raise academic achievement.