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Important to keep focus on young athletes, not others

Posted on Wednesday, September 18, 2013 at 1:43 pm

General Manager/Editor Ron Schott

General Manager/Editor Ron Schott

With sports teams beginning play in area school districts as well as on organized levels for younger ages, many passionate fans have been enjoying cheering on their loved ones in a variety of contests.
While we might cheer on our favorite teams and support the many kids in their endeavors, it’s always important that all of us remember these kids are just playing games. As my wife would say, they don’t have “eternal value.”
All of us should hope our favorite teams get victories. But at the end of the day, we should find satisfaction in seeing players give 100% effort or in seeing them improve on and off the field.
Though coaches and officials might receive some financial stipends, it’s important to know they really don’t get paid enough for all that they do.
Many officials are sacrificing their time to be with family in order to go make a few dollars officiating a game.
Coaches spend countless hours watching video, designing plays, and preparing for practices/games that stretch their lump some paycheck to way under a minimum wage if someone were to calculate for them what they make each hour.
The way we as adults react at sporting contests don’t go unnoticed by those who are involved in the game.
Many young and impressionable minds are seeing our every action.
I’m writing this reminder because I know many games are going to get competitive and intense as the season progresses. It’s important that fans, coaches, and officials work together to provide the best atmosphere for the organized sporting experience.
Losing our young ones
My heart is just aching lately after the increased amount of young lives being lost in our area.
Just this past week, a former basketball player at Silex lost his life in a car wreck.
A week earlier, a Bowling Green teenager lost her life in a wreck.
Please take time this week to be praying for the families who have recently lost a youngster.
I can’t imagine what these families are going through.
Also, take the time hug your own children and be thankful for every single day God blesses you with them.