On Tuesday night, my son was awarded the Defensive Player of the Year award at our football league banquet. Needless to say, he was quite pleased. It’s always nice to be recognized for your hard work and contribution to the team.
I feel very strongly that children benefit from being involved in sports. They have lots of energy to expend and goodness knows, 13 year old boys have incredible amounts. Having a physical outlet is important for general fitness reasons but team sports are a positive place to learn and grow in many other ways. I feel blessed that my boys have had great coaches along the way who have nurtured a sense of fair play, sportsmanship and brotherhood among their players.
It’s been an irreplaceable part of their maturation process. They’ve learned innumerable lessons about working with others, how to handle victory, defeat, frustration and elation. They learned how to be supportive of teammates when they’re struggling and what it feels like to get sympathetic pats on the helmet when they’ve been the one making the mistakes.
Team sports are a wonderful place for children to learn, play and grow. Being a member of a team gives them the opportunity to keep themselves physically fit which is vitally important but it also teaches them valuable lessons they can draw from for the rest of their lives.