Combining sports and academicsPublished 8:55pm Monday, August 15, 2011
Parents are sometimes too quick to discourage their children to abandon sports activities, particularly when grades start to plunge. I’m no exception, because I have said that to my son couple of times.
Unfortunately that’s the wrong approach; we should, rather, help them find suitable ways to balance the two effectively because both are very important to a child.
Regardless, the significance of sports and education are not equal as far as a child is concerned. Standard success’ scale of preference undoubtedly, gives education a top priority. Attainment in sports still demands that a person becomes successful in education so that the real world maneuvers will not consume a person’s athletic success.
Regardless, allowing your children to participate in sports in school gives them the opportunity to be physically active and also learn athletic skills in an environment that is safe because coaches who are responsible adults are entrusted with the role of ensuring that things are done in methodical fashions.
Children who are involved in organized sports learn how to become effective team members. Learning how to function as a team member, translates to success in almost every endeavor that a person finds him or herself. It is obvious, whether in the class room, workplace, memberships in organizations and etc.
Moreover, the mastery of the ability to take direction from a reliable coach will help them function effectively under authorities; and also learn how to delegate authority when their time comes.
Life is packed with challenges and a child can learn how to effectively prepare for a challenge through practice and workinwg meaningfully with associates or partners. Besides, boys and girls who participate in sports look and are healthier. Also important is the fact that children who participate in organized sports have the opportunity to make friends with other children with positive interests, & stay out of trouble.
For three years consecutively, I have been unable to easily find a parking space when I show up to watch Selma High and South Side High football. Apparently,these children are doing things that provide avenue for relaxation and joy for adults too. We must encourage their efforts in sports and class work.
May I utilize this opportunity to encourage fellow board members, the Superintendent, counselors, teachers, parents, administrators, and other mentors to realize that these children –players, cheerleaders, dance line, band, and etc. who go from school and straight to practice deserve our support, encouragement, and attention because what they sacrifice for is good for them, the school system, and the community.