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Parental contribution to sports

On a national level, there are over 44 million youths that participate in sports according to the National Council of Youth Sports. Each of these players has parents, who they depend on.

These parents not only attend the games to support their children, they take up a great deal of the responsibility for keeping the sport running.

Parents are supporters, coaches, fundraisers, chauffeurs, friends, janitors, concession stand workers, babysitters, alarm clocks, cooks, water boys (and girls), laundry seamstresses, and body guards at any and all sporting events. The list could go on and on.

Some parents just go to the games to watch their kids play. Other parents are so busy helping out with keeping the game going that they don’t even get to see their kids play.

Without these people there would be no chance in competing in local sports, especially for athletes at or below the high school level.

There are no buses that ferry teams to some away games and some even have policies against athletes personally driving to events, with or without a driver’s license.

Every sport depends on the coach, team, and parents to raise funds for all the expenses needed to cover each season. This includes uniforms, equipment, awards, and so on.

Most of these parents get involved for the sake of their children and their happiness. Some come right after work just to work some more. Some are not able to attend all the events and that’s when the parents start working together to make sure that their kids make all the games and practices.  

Each parent understands and has each other’s back, no questions asked. This is why these people need recognition. Everyone seems to forget about the little people, but these are not little people. They make a big, sometimes unrecognized contribution.

It’s understandable that parents want their kids to be a part of a team, learn responsibility, and become a good overall person.

Where would the players in the NBA, NFL, MLB, or NHL be without their parents? For every Kobe Bryant or Peyton Manning there is a mother or father that was there to take them to their games as kids and support them.   

Players, you should remember these people and all that they do for your best interest. 

(The views expressed in this column are the opinion of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Independent Appeal or its owner.)

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