THE HERO I N S I DE R
www. yol of sky l aw. com (305) 702-8250 MARCH 2018
YOUTH SPORTS TEACH GREAT LIFE LESSONS 3 Learning Points for Your Athlete
As we write this in mid-February, preparing for our March newsletter, we are saddened by the deaths of 17 people at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Through the news and on social media, we immediately saw the gun control debate rage in both directions. With emotions remaining at stratospheric levels, thinking clearly is a difficult task. We believe school security solutions should go beyond just addressing the availability of weapons. We propose to scrape publicly available information on the internet to develop actionable intelligence. This is just one of seven policy proposals made in our article. You can read more on our blog: bit.ly/2tlDmKxb. Let’s make a community effort to devote resources, share information, and improve the safety of our schools. Be proactive instead of reactive. Until next month, continue your hero quest.
Sports are a microcosm of life. They are full of ups and downs, and they present situations on a daily basis that mirror adulthood. While no 12-year-old is going to decide the future of a hedge fund anytime soon, the decisions they are faced with in sports provide a great preview of life’s later challenges. Perhaps nothing can teach a child life lessons better than sports, and although the lessons are endless, we’ve highlighted three of the most prominent. COMMITMENT When your child plays a sport, they are taught the value of sustained commitments. It’s no secret that commitments to relationships, career, and family are key components of a harmonious and fulfilled life. It may sound like a reach, but attending all practices, games, and team events sets a strong precedent for life. This even includes financial commitments. According to a 2017 article by Time magazine, youth sports is a $15.3 billion industry. That kind of money is hard to ignore, and this is why many parents use sports to teach financial obligations to their children. Whether it’s starting a paper route to raise money for camp or participating in a fundraiser to get new equipment, many youth sports participants are learning the value of what it means to financially commit to something.
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