Archive for Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Team sports benefit children

January 20, 2009


Editor's note: Today's letters to the editor are from Southwest Junior High students learning about persuasive writing.

To the editor:

If you get your child involved in a team sport, it will benefit them greatly. In Lawrence, we have sports like football, baseball, basketball, tennis and soccer. I have played all of these sports and I think it has benefited me greatly. Things your children could get out of team sports are friendship and team working skills.

Coach Mike Ditka says, “Success is about having, excellence is about being. Success is about having money and fame, but excellence is being the best you can be.” What he means is that it is easy to have success but it is hard to be excellent. I know from experience that if you enroll your child in a team sport he or she will be excellent.

When involved in a team sport your child will experience winning with a team and also losing with a team. Losing with a team is very important because it will teach him or her how to be humble, but winning is also fun. Team sports can also teach your child life skills such as responsibility and discipline.

If you are not good at sports, that is just fine because the purpose of team sports is to make you better.

Adam Hayes,

Southwest Junior High


labmonkey 9 years, 4 months ago

Adam-That is all good, but remember that academics will take you much further in life than sports. Very few people are able to make a living participating in sports. Good luck in all your endeavors....athletic and academic.

gr 9 years, 4 months ago

"Losing with a team is very important because it will teach him or her how to be humble, but winning is also fun. "But what will the parents' behavior at events teach the kids?

mom_of_three 9 years, 4 months ago

gr, you have so lost the meaning of the letter.labmonkey - he just said team sports are good, not that he expected to become a millionaire.

Richard Heckler 9 years, 4 months ago

Winning and losing can be achieved in other areas other than sports. Most likely producing the same desired results whatever those may be. Sports is but one tool and is usually reserved for the few who make the cut.The other areas include a higher percentage of any population which is to say thank goodness for the other areas.It seems a lot less money is spent on the other areas which could mean the other areas are more efficient. Thanks for taking the time to communicate. Keep it up.

Richard Heckler 9 years, 4 months ago

After reading the recent letters by young people about their concerns Sally Landoll,Language Arts teacher, deserves recognition for the art of encouragement. The young writers deserve a hats off for moving forward with that project. Excellent performance on relating your thoughts to the public.Teenagers are selling themselves short. Put ingenuity to work and tell boredom to take a hike. More new buildings will not eliminate boredom. You young people can do it!Do any of the parents have space for a 4'X8' sheet of plywood to build a lego city that could involve more than one teen? How to get around: Use bikes and feet = exercise or public transportation. Walking or biking about town will provide a ton of exercise. Remember water.Do one day of:indoor poolgo to a moviework on Lego City ( we're talking 1,000's of pieces)have a gathering in a home – play cards take bike hikes to Clinton Lake on the bike trailplan a hike on foot ( 5-6 miles round trip with lots of water)Volunteer to help an older senior neighbor with yard workSchedule art project classes at the Art Centergrocery shop for Mom and Dadpart time jobplant an organic food gardenplay kick ball school groundstake up roller blade hockeyKU Natural History Museum board game party in a home4H projects – even for city slickers a wide variety*Prairie Park Nature CenterAbove are 17 days of stuff to do. If you have afternoon parties at in homes don't forget the music. These activities are necessarily "thinking outside the box" which is to say get on with it.Be constructive, Creative and Enjoy yourselves!

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