This question torments every parent who wants to support their children's efforts as they pursue their own personal greatness in a sport. It is also one of the most frequently asked questions I get from parents of young athletes.
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The education of a youngster in school does not take place exclusively in the classroom. There is a wealth of evidence demonstrating that what youngsters learn on the field of play is valuable in their overall development as students.
Coaches are often teachers, mentors and guides. The impact of a good coach is not limited to the pitch, ice, court, or water, as what they teach us has the potential to shape how we see ourselves. They inspire and instruct, teaching us not only how to play better, but also how to be better.
In 2015 one of my primary wishes is that all of us will concentrate on treating other people with respect. I have just scratched the surface; I encourage you to give this entire matter some very deep consideration.
As someone who has worked for institutions of higher education for more than four decades, it is especially embarrassing for me that colleges appear to have the worst record in sports for hiring women and people of color.
We hear so much these day about banks and companies that have become so large they are unable to manage themselves -- that there are so many layers of bureaucracy that illegal and unethical behavior can go undetected for years.
Coach Burns' attention meant a lot to me, but he was generous with that attention and shared it with all the kids in that school, regardless of who they were, where they came from or where they were going. His affection for everyone was contagious.
Being a recruited athlete is an easy way to "get to the front of the line" in the admissions process. However, the recruitment process is tedious and requires a significant time commitment on the part of the athlete -- to say nothing of the time which must be committed to the sport itself.
You get one shot in a competition, so you might as well take it, otherwise there will be a whole lot of "woulda, coulda, shoulda" when you look in the rearview mirror of your day on the field, course, court, hill, or what-have-you.