Although the LGBT sports equality movement progressed tremendously in recent years, most of the current media focus on straight-male allies as the MVPs in this movement.
Young athletes and their parents will inevitably be confronted with the decision and related pressures of whether to pursue club team participation and moreover, how to approach the inevitable decision of choosing a team.
It starts early in life in Pop Warner, AYSO and Little League. Athletes are taught to ignore pain, be stoic and not jeopardize their chance to play. Long-term health is an abstract concern, off the radar. Playing the next play becomes everything.
Just because dance is a sport does not mean that it isn't also an art. Through your choreography and your facial expressions you are able to completely change yourself into another character.
Last month's election was monumental for young people in California. Voters approved the first statewide tax increase since 2004, dodging $6 billion in cuts that would have crippled our public schools and universities.
Is there something you don't know how to do? Learn it. Is there something you fear? Overcome it. Is there something you see wrong in this world? Fix it.
I think, as a parent, it is up to us to educate our children the best we can and provide them with the most options possible while advocating for safety measures with our children's Pop Warner, middle school and high school sports associations.
As kids return to school and embark upon a new school sport season, stories like Tracy's have put MTBIs -- as well as other sports-related injuries -- at the center of a debate that asks whether the price of getting hurt for the game is too high.
At a recent basketball game at my school, a bunch of students were kicked out by the administration for cheering after a missed shot and yelling, "Start the buses!" This is unbelievable to me.
We got it when it came to smoking. Now we need to do the same thing to tackle obesity and inactivity.
As parents and educators, we have to stop being reverent, diffident and polite, and learn to be vigilant in regard to children's welfare and safety.
Many modern teens feel pressure to be well-rounded, but there is a point at which one must realize that being well-rounded doesn't mean being the best at everything.
Fans have more power than one might think, which levies more responsibility to be selective in our outbursts. Let's review, shall we?
In the end, it never really mattered to me whether or not Graham played baseball in college: only that we'd done everything we could to make sure he'd gotten everything he was meant to from the game. That's all any of us can ever do for our kids, really.
This is where you come in. Look into your child's sports. Check up on their health, on their coach, on how often they have practice. You have to be persistent! But you may just end up saving your child's ankle, leg, arm, or even his or her life.
I think that whenever an athlete enters the mindset of the athletes domain, they are more awake and alive than they have been before in their lives.