As I contemplated further, I considered my current persona; outgoing and sociable, relatively smart with a willingness to work and learn, respectful and obedient towards superiors, and rarely sick, with a strong and healthy body and the will-power to keep it so by exercising and refusing to take part in drinking or drugs. Could I have developed these and other attributes by being an athlete since an early age? Could something as simple as a game I love to play affect my life for the better?
I had to find out. Jim Thompson, author of Positive Coaching explained, “It is exactly because of the symbolic meaning inherent in youth sports, and the pressures that children choose, or are coerced, to face on the playing field or the gymnasium that an
incredible opportunity arises to teach positive lessons about life,” (Cox 2). In fact, different research, studies, and surveys suggest that it is true that ...
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