What students and parents need to know about the Carl Fricks Sportsmanship Scholarship

The St. Louis Sports Commission is accepting applications for the Carl Fricks Sportsmanship Scholarship. Awarded annually, the scholarship provides $15,000 (including a $10,000 top prize) to graduating high school seniors who show outstanding sportsmanship on the field of play.

Please take some time to review the video below posted to Facebook Live on Tuesday morning where the scholarship application process is explained. To learn more about the Carl Fricks Sportsmanship Scholarship and to download the application, please click on this following link.

Musial Moments at Pembroke Hill

Musial Moments took its show on the road this week and was warmly welcomed by the fantastic students, faculty and staff of Pembroke Hill School in Kansas City. The students’ energy and engagement definitely made the trip worth it. Please enjoy the presentation in its entirety in the video below:

Musial Moments is a fun, interactive, 45-minute presentation that motivates students to care about sportsmanship and to be good to those around them – just like Stan “The Man” did in his illustrious career and life.

To book Musial Moments for your school or youth organization, please call 314-345-5130 or email salexander@stlsports.org.

Youth Wrestling Clinic returns to Scottrade Center March 14

The St. Louis Sports Commission’s Sportsmanship Foundation is proud to take the Youth Wrestling Clinic back to Scottrade Center on Tuesday, March 14 from 5:30-8 p.m.

The Sportsmanship Foundation is all about providing unique experiences for kids and this year’s Youth Wrestling Clinic at Scottrade Center will continue that tradition.

Before NCAA Division I athletes grind it out on the mats for national titles, St. Louis area youth get the chance to show off their skills and learn from the very best college coaches in the country.

Coaches from Mizzou, Maryville University and Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville among others will be in attendance to teach St. Louis area youth how to take their game to the next level.

The clinic is free for boys and girls, 2nd-8th grade, but space is limited. Click on the flyer below to register.

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Athletes are not property.

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Athletes are not chattel. They are not another form of entertainment like our TVs, smartphones or other devices.

They do not belong to us; at least not in the way we often treat them. Athletes belong to us and with us as husbands, wives, sons, daughters, uncles and aunts. They are members of our community, our region and our nation.

Athletes have the same rights, responsibilities. and privileges as anyone else. They are not puppets or some version of the “See-and-Say” toy from yesteryear.

Despite what we may imagine, making millions of dollars or playing in front of thousands in a stadium and millions of people at home does not negate their humanity.

Athletes are people, too. How far have we sunk where this has become a necessary statement?

It ain’t over till it’s over

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Baseball legend Yogi Berra is credited with coining the phrase “It ain’t over till it’s over.” The statement seems like a redundancy; of course nothing is over until it’s over. However, in sports and in life, we think that way.

And we couldn’t be more wrong. Just look at the last year in sports.

Cleveland was down 3-1 to Golden State.

The Chicago Cubs were down 3-1 to Cleveland.

New England was down 28-3 with three minutes left in the third quarter to Atlanta.

The Cubs broke the curse, the Cavaliers ended the drought, and the Patriots did the impossible.

Yogi was right. These teams proved that a champion has to be willing to go nine innings over seven games, 48 minutes in basketball or 60 minutes-plus in football to get it done.

Never kneel, lie down, or get down on yourself. Two outs isn’t three. Five minutes left on the clock is still five minutes. No matter how bad it looks, don’t give up. Former President Obama said, “The only thing that is the end of the world is the end of the world.”

Or for those of us who speak fluent Yogi…

It ain’t over till it’s over.

 

Can You Stand The Rain?

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“On a perfect day I know that I can count on you
When that’s not possible, tell me, can you weather the storm?”

-From New Edition’s 1988 album Heart Break (lyrics by Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis).

In sports and in life, everyone loves the perfect day. They’re ready to play and give everything they have. Rain, however, makes playing the game tough. In sports, losing is the equivalent of a rainstorm.

It’s often said that winning cures all ills. It doesn’t. Winning doesn’t cure anything. Think of winning as a painkiller; it makes you feel better, but the underlying ailment is still there.

Winning doesn’t make you like teammates, respect coaches, or share the ball more. Your team will lose again. It will rain again. Those same issues will come back.

Changing attitudes toward each other and the game takes hard work, dedication and patience. Sometimes, you can’t run inside from a driving rainstorm. Sometimes, you have to stand there and get soaked.

Only then will you realize the problems on your team and in your life aren’t as big as you thought.

Rain is just a bunch of water.