Trinity Sports Foundation is gearing up for its 3rd Annual TSF Charity Golf Tournament, which will be held May 21, 2018, at the Shady Valley Country Club in Arlington.
The generous ladies of the Women’s Golf Association at the Shady Valley Country Club elected to give a portion of the proceeds from their 2017 Ladies Member Guest Tournament. This amount came out to $2000 and several charities requested consideration. Out of all the charities that were considered, Trinity Sports Foundation was selected to receive the donation.
On behalf of the entire Board of Directors for Trinity Sports Foundation and the hundreds of children who will directly benefit from this generous donation, we thank you. This amount is well beyond our expectations and we are deeply grateful.
A competitive spirit is a drive to win, to come out on top. Kids that participate in youth sports often develop a healthy sense of competitiveness. And that’s a good thing. While you don’t want to be consumed by competition (having a desire to win above all else and feeling crushed when you don’t), a competitive spirit can help a person in all aspects of and at any point in their life. By participating in the competitive, yet low stakes, arena of youth sports, a child can cultivate that beneficial spirit of competition that can serve them well later on in whatever they do.
Competition Forces Confrontation
The ability to directly confront a problem is invaluable. Whether squaring up to what we perceive as a better player or team on the field to hashing out a disagreement with a friend or family member to navigating an uncomfortable scenario at work, confrontation allows an individual to surmount their difficulties.
Not only must we learn to confront our challenges head on, but competitive environments, like youth sports, help to teach a person to manage their nerves and deal with stress. Sometimes to get through a tough match you’ve got to get ahold of your doubts and fears and push them out of the way. This same skill can help with tests, interviews, and presentations.
Competition Demands We Bring Our A Game
Regardless of the competition’s context, the strive to come out on top demands that we do our best. Excellence proceeds from strife and competition is the definition of strife. The challenges that arise in youth sports allow for a kid to practice and to overcome difficult situations by applying themselves to the task at hand. Excellence is often achieved through dedication and focus.
Taking Calculated Risks to Reach Our Goals
Sometimes the way forward in life boils down to taking a risky opportunity. A competitive spirit gives us the courage to go for a risk while the structure of youth sports helps a person to learn how to calculate whether that risk will help to achieve their short and long term goals. When risks don’t pan out in a soccer game, for instance, the stakes are low and a lesson can be learned. Later on, this helps a person to understand what risks are safe relative to the goal they wish to achieve.
School and sports have long had a connection in America and there’s good reason why: sports helps to make better students. The lessons kids learn on the field help them to excel in the classroom. By getting a child involved in youth sports, you can help them make a dramatic change for the better when it comes to their school lessons.
Practice Makes Perfect
Success in sports is due in some part to natural talent, but as any athlete will tell you it’s really about dedication to practice. To be top of your game and dominate the field, you’ve got to put in the hours honing your skills, building muscle memory, and conditioning yourself for extended play. Practice on the field can directly apply to the classroom in the form good study habits. As children see that practice helps their game, they’ll connect the dots and figure out that studying makes the grade.
Playing by the Rules
The rules of any game are what define it. Without the rules, and the structure and limitations they provide, any sport would fall apart. Learning the code of a game leads to respect of that code. You follow the code and you don’t cheat. This reinforces honorable behavior elsewhere as well, including the classroom. Kids who play sports know that if you want to truly get ahead, you don’t cut corners. Sure, you might win the game if you cheat, but it’s an empty victory. Sure, you might pass the test if you cheat, but you didn’t really learn anything, did you?
Plans and Plays
Good athletes rely heavily on their strength and dexterity, but the best athletes exercise and employ their most important tool: their ability to strategize. The ability to use strategy and create plans helps in the classroom as well, making a competent student a great one. By employing test taking strategies, a student can pass a test they may have otherwise failed or ace a test they may have otherwise only passed. When the difference between planning and not planning is an entire letter grade, it definitely pays to employ some strategy.
It’s no surprise that sports teach kids about teamwork and leadership, but it should be recognized that, in some cases and for some children, sports is the only setting where they’ll get the chance to foster these skills.
Children who are in disadvantaged households need a place to hone their abilities to work with peers, whether that means taking a leader’s role or simply knowing when to follow and put the good of the team ahead of themselves.
Learning how to lead…
Everyone wants their child to be a leader. There’s a certain glamour, after all, in leadership: calling the shots, setting goals, managing the group, and moving everyone along to a (hopefully) positive outcome.
Leadership is an invaluable skill to have at any age and sports can help develop it. Some lead more often than others, but there will almost certainly be a time in everyone’s life where they’re asked to assume the leading role on a project.
That’s why it’s critical for every child’s future that they learn how to take on the responsibility of being in charge. Youth sports create a low stakes environment for children to practice leading, one in which the lessons are not overshadowed by the results.
… and learning when to follow.
Perhaps more important than learning how to lead is learning how to follow. It can be difficult to relinquish control and trust in your peers, to let some tasks fall outside of your purview, to set aside your ego and know that the best possible outcome may only be possible under someone else’s leadership.
Jockeying for a leadership role in every endeavor can create friction in a group, so learning how to assess a task or situation and being able to determine that you’re not the best leader for the job shows a maturity of spirit that some adults lack.
In youth sports, children learn how focusing on their assigned task and working with others in accomplishing their jobs can result in a win for everyone involved.
There’s a lot that goes into creating a successful adult and most of it stems directly from
childhood. Childhood is, after all, the foundation of everyone’s story, the beginning
chapters of what goes on to be the story of a lifetime. It is important, therefore, to make
those first few chapters as formative and well rounded as possible. Getting your child
involved in youth sports today could mean the difference between failure and success
later on in life.
Hard Work Pays Off
If sports teaches anything well, it’s that working hard yields results. From continuous
practice before a big game to never giving up on the field, these lessons translate directly
to the work place later on in life. Practice makes perfect in any endeavor, from sports all
the way to the boardroom. Whether you’ve got a laundry list of deadlines to meet, a big
presentation to prepare for, or you need to master a new skill to move your business
forward, the hard work that you learned in youth sports can help ensure that you’ve got
the dedication and drive to accomplish whatever you set your mind to. In youth, hard
work means winning the game. In adulthood, hard work means promotion and financial
Teamwork is Essential
In any sport with a team, be it basketball, football, soccer, or baseball, the individual’s
worth is only as good as their ability to work with their team. While individual skill is
important, it could be detrimental if the athlete doesn’t know how to leverage that skill
into making effective plays in cooperation with their team to achieve the larger goal of
winning the game. Successful adults know that when it comes to getting things done,
you’ve got to have people watching your back and pitching in to help. The more people
you’ve got on your side working in harmony to achieve a goal, the better the end result
will be. Like the old adage says, “there’s no ‘I’ in ‘Team.’”
Winning Isn’t Everything
Sometimes the most important lesson you can take away from youth sports is that
winning isn’t everything. Even with hard work and a solid team, sometimes you just can’t
win them all. Being an adult means that you understand that life will sometimes throw
you curveballs and lead to disappointments. The trick is to pick yourself up, learn from
the experience, and move on. Not to mention that just having fun is part of the equation
as well. Success isn’t something objective, after all. Success may simply mean enjoying
life when things are good and facing adversity with grace and maturity.
The activities and decisions made in one’s youth are the foundation upon which later life is built. Unfortunately, there are children this very moment who, for a variety of reasons, are not receiving a well-rounded childhood. These underprivileged youths may be going down the wrong path in life. That’s where involvement in youth sports can help.
Sports Help with Stress Management
Underprivileged youth often have multiple sources of stress to contend with on a daily basis. Stress is often what drives them to make bad decisions, so any method that can help them to cope with stress is invaluable. Sports can create stressful situations, but these situations are structured within the game itself and are swiftly resolved by the end of the match. By putting kids into sports, it helps them to view the other challenges in life in such a way that they are able to segment and partition causes of stress into manageable bits. Each challenge becomes a hurdle to overcome instead of an insurmountable wall in their path.
Sports Aid with Social Development
Sports teach children more than how to play a game. Sports participation helps children develop social skills that they may not be learning at home, and they can carry those lessons with them throughout life. Kids who play sports learn to interact with others, how to respect authority figures (such as coaches and sports officials), team-building skills, leadership skills and a clearer understanding of winning and losing (and how to cope with losses). The skills learned through sports can help kids with personal relationships and careers later in life.
Achievement in Sports Creates a Sense of Accomplishment
When kids achieve in sports, it creates a sense of accomplishment. This is important, as accomplishment fosters self-esteem, a sense of pride, and a can-do attitude. Success builds on success and can easily snowball into adulthood. When a child participates in sports, it might be the first time in their life that they can share something that fills them with pride and makes them value who they are as a person.
The Fruits of Working Hard
Sports demand a level of commitment from every participant. If you want winning results, you’ve got to put in the time and effort, from physical conditioning and practicing skills to formulating strategies and building relationships. Once kids get into sports and commit, they’ll start to see that putting effort into something always yields positive results.
One day, not long after the Trinity United Methodist Church moved to its new location at the corner of Green Oaks Boulevard and Pioneer Parkway, associate pastor and youth minister Scott Heusel, a former trainer for the San Diego Padres, gazed out at the land and saw …