The St. Louis Sportsmanship Summit presented by the St. Louis Sports Commission and Maryville University is a free event designed to improve the sports experience for our kids. Beginning at 9 a.m. on Saturday, February 6th, Maryville University hosts one of the most important mornings in sports. If you read this blog regularly, you know that good sportsmanship is sometimes lacking at the youth, college, and pro levels. Bad experiences with coaches, teammates, fans, officials, and even parents cause kids to quit sports entirely. Kids who quit sports lead more sedentary lifestyles and are at increased risk for heart disease, diabetes, joint pain, and other ailments. Sports also provide kids with positive activities during after-school hours.
A St. Louis County police officer once told me that most youth crime occurs between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. What else occurs between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m.? You guessed it…practice. Keeping kids involved in sports has both health and safety implications. Sportsmanship Summit topics include coaching leadership, sports parenting, sports specialization, and athlete safety. In the coming days, I will explain the topics in greater depth as well as shed some light on the presenters. To RSVP for the St. Louis Sportsmanship Summit, click here or call 314-345-5130. Until next time…
Be a Good Sport!