Reversal of (Mis)Fortune

Tiger Woods was in a car accident last Friday morning. According to reports, he suffered minor injuries when he crashed his vehicle into a fire hydrant and a tree. No one else was in the vehicle with him. Florida Highway Patrol officials announced plans yesterday to cite him for careless driving. The citation carries a $164 fine and four points against his driver’s license. No other charges are expected as officials further declared the case closed.

Several outlets have also reported that Woods’ injuries may not have been the result of the accident. Some suggest Woods’ injuries may have actually been inflicted by his wife, Elin Nordegren. Whether or not this is true will be debated for some time to come, but not here. The issue of possible domestic violence against a man has been fodder for much talk-show humor in recent days. Unfortunately, women know all too well the damage domestic violence can do – both physically and emotionally.

The good news is that there are many agencies filled with dedicated people who look to help women dealing with domestic violence. Many of you reading this post also know that a lot more should be done to protect women. This situation also provokes a rather interesting dilemma. What happens when a man is physically abused by a woman? Who does he call? Who will come to his aid? People tend to avoid questions like these because they challenge the status quo. Questions like these challenge what it means to be a man or what it means to be a woman.

Children deal with similar issues. Boys are told they are stronger, faster, and more physically capable than girls. I’m going to let you all in on a little secret. Girls and boys are physical equals until puberty. Even post-puberty, boys and girls are capable of hurting each other. Men are not invincible and women are not fragile. We are all somewhere in the middle. Our responsibility as parents and coaches is to teach our children the value of one another. Your strength lies not in how many people you can knock down, but by how many you can help up. Until next time…

Be a Good Sport!

-Sol

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