Your child knows that he needs to shake hands with the opposing team whether he wins or loses. He knows to pat a teammate on the back after he scores or fails, and knows to cheer everyone on. Even though your child is considered a “good sport” on the field, do these positive practices translate into everyday life? They can! Good sportsmanship is part of social development, and can help your child at school, with friends and anywhere off the court or off the field.
Sports are a win for all kids. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, recreational athletics can be especially therapeutic for kids with disabilities, with numerous physical and overall well-being benefits. Even though kids with delays and disabilities may not engage in organized sports in the same manner as other children, understanding the importance of inclusion is necessary for all parents. Whether or not your child has a disability, knowing the why’s and how’s of including children with special needs in sports makes team play possible and positive for everyone.
Synopsis: Blame it on the fact the cost of a college education has obtained a permanent place on the escalator to infinity. Blame it on the fact the plethora of sports-related cable/satellite channels are so hungry to fill vacant viewing hours athletic participants of every intercollegiate sport offered are capturing their version of Warhol’s 15 minutes of fame. Whatever the reason, there continues to be an upsurge in the efforts put forth by high school student-athletes (and parents) to reach the promised land of a secure college athletic scholarship.