BLOG POST #1 *part 1*
My society and culture attend to my needs as a child and youth by offering me many sporting and athletic opportunities. My parents believed that if I wasn’t busy doing something I could/would be getting in trouble. In the small town I lived in before moving to Regina, the community was only able to offer the classic small town Saskatchewan sports. Those sports were hockey, curling, and figure skating (winter sports). As well, we had baseball, softball, volleyball, and soccer (summer sports) oh and you can’t forget about swimming lessons in the summer.
My mom put me in as many as possible, and the amount grew large when we moved to the city. I started curling up to 5 times a week at one moment, started playing water polo on a provincial level, basketball, volleyball, track and field and tackle football. AND not to mention I became a lifeguard. Through all these opportunities I don’t take spare time for granted, I am more sports man like in everything I do/participate in, and have gain so many friends and people that are like my family now.
Here’s a message I found that explains why my mom spent so much money on sports and always put me in sports.
~One of my friends asked “Why do you pay so much money for your kids to do all their sports”? Well I have a confession to make; I don’t pay for my kids to to do sports. Personally, I couldn’t care less about what sport they do.
So, if I am not paying for sports what am I paying for?
- I pay for those moments when my kids become so tired they want to quit but don’t.
- I pay for those days when my kids come home from school and are “too tired” to go to their training but they go anyway.
- I pay for my kids to learn to be disciplined, focused and dedicated.
- I pay for my kids to learn to take care of their body and equipment.
- I pay for my kids to learn to work with others and to be good team mates, gracious in defeat and humble in success.
- I pay for my kids to learn to deal with disappointment, when they don’t get that placing or title they’d hoped for, but still they go back week after week giving it their best shot.
- I pay for my kids to learn to make and accomplish goals.
- I pay for my kids to respect, not only themselves, but other athletes, officials and coaches.
- I pay for my kids to learn that it takes hours and hours, years and years of hard work and practice to create a champion and that success does not happen overnight.
- I pay for my kids to be proud of small achievements, and to work towards long term goals.
- I pay for the opportunity my kids have and will have to make life-long friendships, create lifelong memories, to be as proud of their achievements as I am.
- I pay so that my kids can be out on the field or in the gym instead of in front of a screen…
…I could go on but, to be short, I don’t pay for sports; I pay for the opportunities that sports provides my kids with to develop attributes that will serve them well throughout their lives and give them the opportunity to bless the lives of others. From what I have seen so far I think it is a great investment!
In conclusion my society and culture has attend to me needs as a child and youth by giving me opportunities to participate in sports.