Well, fall has come again. As the days shorten, apparently it’s time for a new sport in the McLerran household. Soccer, a sport that I know ZIP about.
Brie and Cord are in the first Clay County youth soccer league. Well, they are both in, but due to Brie’s appendectomy she is cheering from the sidelines. Check out the great sport photos.
But, sitting here thinking about sports makes me think about a conversation I had with some friends the other day. We were debating the benefit of organized sports in schools. (I know I am about too commit blog suicide here, be patient, I am thinking online.)
Being that I was a world class GEEK in school, I never really played any sports, so I have no personal ownership in organized athletics. But, by some twist of fate, I have been blessed with athletic kids. Talk about personal irony. I am not sure I even went to any high school basketball or football games.
Getting back to my conversation. I have always said that we put to much emphasis on sports in school. I thought that when I was in school, and maintained that position till my oldest daughter started in about playing basketball in school. That conversation with her made me stop and think about sports and school.
I have to admit that I still think a little less attention to school athletics would be a good thing, but seeing this through my daughters eyes at least lets me understand how the athletes feel about their game. Maybe, there is nothing wrong with the current system. Maybe, I have always seen this through an unpopular geeks eyes. I guess I will get to see a different side now as an athlete’s parent.
However, I will admit that I would like to see the perfect world where academic endeavors rated the same devotion and financial backing as the football/basketball team enjoys.