Boys & Sports: Part 2

Last time we took a look at some of the ingredients of a healthy, positive athletic experience for a young athlete, and in particular what to look for in a league and in a coach.  

There was also a video clip of a coach who didn’t have development in mind as he stepped onto the field.  Here’s a follow up, in case you are interested, to know what happened with that particular coach.  READ MORE

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Boys & Sports: Part 1

For those of you who’ve read my book, Wild Things: The Art of Nurturing Boys, you know that I’m an advocate of healthy, balanced opportunities for boys to play sports.  Youth sports can be an invaluable context for boys to develop physically, emotionally and socially.  

I’m particularly grateful for wise, invested coaches who see sports as an opportunity for young men to learn skills, be active, have fun, practice sportsmanship, and most importantly to develop character.   Thankfully, there are many devoted men and women who invest in the lives of young men and student athletes in schools and leagues across the country.

And unfortunately, this kind of coach exists as well... READ MORE

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In Honor of the Olympics...Sportsmanship At It's Finest

As we gear up for the Opening Ceremonies of the Olympics tonight, we prepare ourselves to watch evidence of remarkable talent from across the globe.  With athletic events, we dont always get to watch evidence of remarkable sportsmanship.  Here is an exception to the rule.  

If you missed this story on the news, it’s well worth a couple of minutes of your time.  If you caught it, it’s worth seeing again.  Be sure and share this clip with your kids.  It’s a great snapshot of humility, integrity and sportsmanship. READ MORE


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SUPERBOWL SPECIAL: Humility vs. Arrogance - Part 1

As a father to two sons, I talk often with my boys about humility and arrogance.  Sadly, we (as males) are prone to one over the other.  

More than talking with my sons about humility, I want to expose them to evidence of what humility can look like on a man.  Boys often confuse confidence and cockiness, humility and weakness.  Finding evidence of humility in the media can feel like searching for a needle in a haystack . . . particularly in the world of pop culture and professional sports.  Any time I stumble onto evidence, I love to park in front of the newspaper or computer screen with my guys, read articles, watch some footage and ask them questions about what they saw.  This experiment is not only about exposing them to evidence in our day and age, but wrapped in the hope of developing observant, thoughtful, critical thinkers.

As we are waste deep in Superbowl Season, consider showing your sons the following news story and brief interview with Seattle cornerback, Richard Sherman, following the NFC Championship Game. Take a look at this short interview with Sherman following the game, and after he was flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct... READ MORE

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