Why all kids should be involved in sports —

I’m lucky I was an athlete. And I am blessed to have children that are also athletes. Not just because of their impending success, but because of the failures. And even more so, for all the friendships made on the field, on the track, on the court — for those friends that carried me through many of my younger years, and the ones that will carry them. The friends that were foes on the field.

“Friendships born on the field of athletic strife are the real gold of competition. Awards become corroded, friends gather no dust.” ~ Jesse Owens

Growing up a competitive athlete, I inevitably also turned into a huge sports fan. OK. Wait. I should clarify, because actually I’m not a big fan of baseball, golf, tennis, car racing or hockey (and don’t even get me started on softball, cycling, or speed walking or GASP!! bass fishing). So really, I suppose it’s more that I’m a fan of good competition — a fan of the fight, if you will. And in the spirit of March Madness, I admit I am loving the close games and have stayed up past my bed time more than once this week.

Why? Because the competition is fierce. And when you watch their faces you understand that it’s far more than a game. Sports — be it football or the steeplechase (or God forbid, bass fishing) — can start a conversation. It can feed Sunday night’s  dinner table talk, Monday morning water cooler conversation and multitudes of “If only” disclaimers across the Internet. Sports can keep you up late glued to post-game commentary; can call you from your slumber early in the a.m. for more commentary. Why? Again, because it is more than a game.

Sports can be a friendly yet fervent diversion from the mundane and the games we play, the races we run, the fish we catch (I guess) help us make connections with those we otherwise might not. Sports also allow us to dream about the “what could have been if only” not to mention the “what should have been if only” … and I am a sports fan because I am a fan of life and always, always, giving your heart and soul to anything  you believe. So again, I am lucky to have been an athlete. And I am blessed to have children that are athletes — because through all their victories, all their disappointments, they will learn. And they will cherish these days along with the friends that stand beside them — win, or lose. And that is why all kids should do a sport … even if its with bait and tackle. 

Today’s post inspired by The Daily One-word Prompt: Friend. Oh and just ‘cause I can’t help myself, GO DUCKS!!



21 Comments Add yours

  1. BigDaddy says:

    I too believe in the fight. Having kids grow up in sports has molded many of their strengths, beliefs and friendships. Sometimes the failures are as rewarding as the victories, now we may not realize the value of failure immediately but down the road we will find that failure sometimes offers strength and many times provides the extra drive for the next victory. So.. the ducks are looking good aren’t they.. WTD..

  2. Regan says:

    I am also a huge sports fan. Well, actually I'm a baseball fan, but I'm a huge one. I put up with football for my hub while he puts up with baseball for me :)

    Thanks for stopping by my blog (Anti-June Cleaver) and I'm following you back

  3. Emmy says:

    Okay I was coming over here from MiMi's blog as your book looks awesome- but even if I just stumbled here after reading this post I would be following you. I too love love college football! Baseball and all of those are great- but they play the same team several times in the season- but college football- when there is just that one game every season that you play your rivals and then have to wait a whole year to get your revenge or gloat in the glory– it is just special!

  4. BigSissyGirl says:

    Hi! I'm here via the Living in France blog. Congrats on your new book! I hope to win a copy. Nice blog..I look forward to following your too!

  5. Hi Shauna! I'm here by way of Mimi, and the book giveaway. I'm exploring your blog and liking it so far!

  6. McVal says:

    I really don't follow any sports outside of what my kids do in school… But wow, I've got some relatives who were LIVID that Iowa got beat by the Huskers on Thanksgiving day! And then some relatives who were OVER the moon about it…
    I just came for the cranberry sauce, really.
    Nice to meet you! I came over from Mimi's and want your book.

  7. Connie says:

    The only college sports that we watch is the Army/Navy game.

    But we are HUGE Bronco fans….so I feel your pain!

  8. Amy says:

    College ball IS the best!! But the Ducks? We may have to rethink this whole new blog friendship.

    Eagerly waiting for the continuation.

  9. I haven't had that kind of excitement in a long time. I kind of liked hearing about it…thanks for sharing.

  10. Rebecca says:

    Thanks for stopping by my blog the other day! I'm returning the follow. I love your blog. I'm an avid book reader (I just hardly can find the time anymore!) :)

  11. Colleen says:

    I LOVE sports, especially college sports – in theory. I haven't actually had time to follow any single team since I had a crush on a guy who was obsessed with baseball my first year of law school. And even that only lasted half a season.

    But I love college football and hockey and a bunch of others (but NOT basketball) in theory.

    So, in theory, I feel your pain.

    Thanks for stopping by Cheap Wine and Cookies. I am always excited to have new visitors, and I always comment back, though it sometimes takes me a few days.

  12. Thank you so much for your visit to my page today. I love seeing new people find me.. I am not a sports fan, not like that. I never really was.. definitely a girly girl in my youth. I have grown to love writing and blogging. It is really my way of getting to talk to adults. I love that you have a team you love. Hmm I would have to say college basketball is my thing and definitely the UK Wildcats.. Go Big Blue. lol

  13. Gigi Baby says:

    Hi new blogger friend! You are hilarious! And no I won't stop reading your blogs because I am a former college softball player lol! But I do love how you said that you are a sports and then named almost every red blooded american sport that you did not like lol! Cute post I j=use to get super mad when I lost a game especially to this one college!!

    Loves and likes ya <3

  14. Thanks for stopping by my blog today and linking up your post. YOU HAVE A BOOK OUT? How exciting is that? I'll have to go check it out. You can't beat $.99.

    BUT, I'm an OU girl. As in a SOONER FAN. I can't be happy about your team choice. ;)

  15. Jill says:

    haha! Well…my favourite sports are hockey and fastpitch softball…so are we off on the wrong foot already?! ;)

    I will definitely go check out your book! Thanks for stopping by my blog as well today. Enjoy all the college ball this week/weekend!

  16. Becca says:

    You are a Ducks fan! I like you already! I was so disappointed, but you know it is a game. And if they beat the Beavs, all will be forgiven! ;-)

    I bought your book!

    Happy Thanksgiving!

  17. I know the pain of a big loss all too well… Big college football fan, too! Hey, I'm in the southeast. College football is LIFE down here! LOL Your book sounds awesome! I'll have to snag that. :) Thanks for following my blog, Through the Eyes of a Tiger! I'm following back :)

  18. MiMi says:

    A lot of sports talk makes my brain atrophy…but I like when the team I want to win (for whatever reason, maybe their colors?) does. :)

  19. Sal says:

    Hey lady! I was super pissed too but then I realized-a championship game against LSU (again) would be no bueno and if they beat OSU this weekend and PAC 12 champ game they will go to Rose Bowl (which is probably where they would have ended up if they beat USC anyway). So you see not all is 'lost'. And btw I am a Rangers fan but they completely blew it all on their own and didn't deserve to win… Xoxo

  20. Anonymous says:

    Damn I wish the Ducks would have won!

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