2017 Carl Fricks Sportsmanship Scholarship Finalists

The St. Louis Sports Commission is proud to announce its 31 finalists for the Carl Fricks Sportsmanship Scholarship. Congratulations to these awesome young people. Winners will be named later this week. If you know any of these young people, please send them a kind word. They deserve it.

Positive Environments: St. Louis City sports facilities now smokeless tobacco free

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Welcome to the first installment of a section of the Sportsmanship Blog called “Positive Environments.” The Sportsmanship Foundation’s mission is to implement activities and programs that promote sportsmanship, create positive environments for kids to play sports, and help young people lead healthier, happier lives.

We are fully aware that we cannot create every positive environment on our own. There is a vast collection of community stakeholders who share our mission in spirit, even if they don’t know the words verbatim. Such is the case in the City of St. Louis; which passed an ordinance earlier this year prohibiting smokeless tobacco in all sports facilities.

The Major League Baseball season begins its regular season this week and the sport overall is rich in positive traditions – healthy activity, Sunday afternoons with the family and we can’t leave out a good supply of peanuts and Cracker Jacks.

However, the use of smokeless tobacco has been one of baseball’s less-than-healthy traditions. Smokeless tobacco contributes to the development of heart disease and well as several head and neck cancers. Fortunately, the tide is turning. Busch Stadium, home of the St. Louis Cardinals, has been smoke-free since 2007 and is now the 14th MLB ballpark to ban smokeless tobacco as well.

The lasting impact, though, will be at the youth level. If kids don’t see smokeless tobacco at their games used by coaches, parents and other adults, they are less likely to pick up the habit. The youth and professional games are very different, but this is one instance where kids can emulate their favorite ballplayer any day of the week.

Thanks to the City of St. Louis, the St. Louis Cardinals, Major League Baseball and the American Heart Association for helping to make St. Louis City sports facilities positive environments for kids.

THAT sports parent is getting all the attention and it’s not good for anyone

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A certain sports parent has a few kids who are really good at basketball. He knows it and the world knows it. The parent uses the attention paid to his sons’ remarkable talent to get booked on sports shows from coast to coast.

The parent gets into arguments over ridiculous topics. He recently said his oldest son is a better basketball player right now than Stephen Curry, Russell Westbrook and LeBron James.

He’s not.

Full disclosure, I have not seen the oldest son play one second of college basketball, but Stevie Wonder could see the gaslighting taking place here. Gaslighting, as defined by Psychology Today, is a tactic in which a person or entity, in order to gain more power, makes a victim question their reality.

It looks easy at first. LeBron James, Steph Curry and Russell Westbrook are not only three of the best players in the NBA, they have talent comparable to the all-time greats.  You’re about to debate a guy whose kid hasn’t been through an NBA workout, let alone played in a game.

Piece of cake, right? Wrong. At the end of the argument, you’ll wind up trying to prove why water is wet. We all know water is wet, but prove it. Go ahead. It’s best to have a working parachute as you begin your descent into madness.

Meanwhile, the sports parent just gobbled up 30 minutes of nationwide airtime. He’s trending on Twitter and people are sharing clips of him making a complete fool of you.

It’s been written in this space before, but bears repeating: Overbearing parents don’t help their kids in the long run. In the age of more sports channels than we can possibly watch, sports websites, blogs and social media, being loud and obnoxious isn’t the way to get your kid noticed.

If your kid’s any good, coaches already know. They’re all looking for that kid no one else has discovered. They scour different sites and watch hours and hours of video. Coach has already imagined your kid wearing his uniform.

Creating and maintaining a positive home environment so your kids can pursue their dreams is the best thing any parent can do.

You never want the coach’s notes to read, “Good kid. Solid handles. Can shoot from anywhere, plays great defense. Works hard. But his dad…”

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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