S: What's Interesting About Me
FC: Sports in the Middle School: A Good Idea?
1: Spoon Racing
2: "Winning isn't everything... ...it's the only thing" Henry Sanders
4: Alfie Kohn states that competition is not a good thing as it tells children that success and victory are the same things. Competition in our society tells us that being good is not enough, one must be better then others. The more one competes, the more they must compete to feel good about themselves.
5: As the pressure increases for athletes to win, the use of performance enhancing drugs increases.
6: The Josephson Institute states that there is a large population of coaches out there, especially in football, basketball and baseball, “that are teaching kids how to cheat and cut corners” | Most parents want their children to participate in sports to have fun but believe that coaches and schools put too much emphasis on winning.
8: Although hazing and initiation is increasing in schools, it is seldom addressed by teachers and coaches.
9: Nearly 30% of boys and 21% of girls surveyed report that degrading hazing or initiation rituals are common at their schools
10: SEAN O'BRIEN Hazing: One Boy's Story Sean O'Brien has never been to Mepham High School, but he knows firsthand the trauma that hazing can cause. Back on Aug. 15, 2002, O'Brien was a sophomore football player at Pittsburgh's Central Catholic High when he was attacked by several boys, who subjected him to "tea bagging"--a ritual in which two players held him down while another rubbed his genitals in his face. Instead of keeping silent, O'Brien, now 16, told authorities--who prosecuted two of his attackers. Harassed after coming forward, he has transferred to two schools since. But he doesn't regret going public.
11: "I walked into the locker room for my shoulder pads and I got tackled. I'm only 140 lbs., a little receiver, and I had a really big guy on my chest. I was overpowered. I was struggling, squirming, but he was just so big. I had one guy 'tea bagging' me, and another held my legs. Nobody tried to help me--they were just all laughing. It lasted five or six minutes. Later that day someone pushed me onto a chair and shaved a big line in the middle of my head. "The hardest thing to do is tell. You have to stay strong. I had to leave a lot of friends, but that's something I've got to deal with. I knew I couldn't let those guys get away with what they did. If I can come forward, so can anyone."
12: "Sports do not build character, they reveal it." Haywood Hale Broun
14: Mens Sana in Corpore Sano A Sound Mind in a Sound Body
15: Benefits of sports (from the mouths of kids) - to have fun - to improve their skills - to learn new skills - to be with their friends - to succeed or win - to become physically fit - to make new friends
16: Researchers at the Institute for the Study of Youth Sports at Michigan State University have found that kids who participate in organized sports do better in school, are more team orientated, generally healthier and have better interpersonal skills
17: Research also shows that increased self esteem, confidence, healthier body image are some of the developmental benefits for participation in youth sports for girls.
18: When playing sports or games, children see how rules work and how they are needed in order to keep order.
19: Benefits of Sports
20: Benefits of Sports
21: Benefits of Sports
22: When playing sports or games, children see how rules work and how they are needed in order to keep order.
23: By participating in sports, children learn about healthy competition but within a safe and restricted environment were the consequences of losing are not so large.
24: The Government of Canada reports that when kids are started off with a healthy, active lifestyle, they will have more energy and confidence to pursue their future goals.
25: Does participation in sports provide positive benefits to youth?