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George Hale Talks Tourney Time 

‘TIS TOURNEY TIME…..

GEORGE HALE FEELS THERE’S A LOT MORE AT STAKE THAN JUST THE OUTCOME OF THE GAMES…GEORGE…

WELL HERE WE GO AGAIN!

IT’S SCHOOL VACATION TIME AND THE ANNUAL SCHOOLBOY AND SCHOOLGIRL BASKETBALL TOURNAMENTS.

THIS RITUAL MAKES THE WINTER SHORTER AND GIVES FAMILIES, FRIENDS AND FANS A WONDERFUL OPPORTUNITY TO CHEER FOR THEIR TOWN AND KIDS.

THIS PAST WEEK AN E-MAIL CAME ACROSS MY COMPUTER FROM A GENTLEMAN WHO QUESTIONED WHY WE EVEN HAVE SCHOOL SPORTS AND WHY HIS TAX DOLLARS ARE
BEING USED FOR NON-EDUCATIONAL PURPOSES.

IT’S NOT THE FIRST TIME I’VE HEARD THAT QUESTION POSED ALTHOUGH NOT VERY OFTEN.

I’M NOT SURE I’M THE PERSON TO ANSWER IT BUT SINCE I’VE BEEN AROUND SCHOOL SPORTS FOR A VERY LONG TIME I THOUGHT I WOULD GIVE IT A SHOT.

FIRST OF ALL ATHLETICS HAVE BEEN PART OF THE SCHOOL SCENE FOR DECADES BUT CERTAINLY HAVE EXPANDED TO MORE EVENTS AND SPORTS THROUGH THE YEARS.

THERE’S MORE PARTICIPATION THAN EVER.

SO LET ME TICK OFF A FEW WAYS IT MAKES A LOT OF SENSE TO PLAY THESE GAMES.

WHAT BETTER WAY TO REPRESENT YOUR COMMUNITY THAN TO WEAR THE SCHOOL UNIFORM AND DEMONSTRATE THAT YOU ARE A STUDENT WHO NOT ONLY MEETS
CLASSROOM REQUIREMENTS BUT MAKES TIME TO ADD PRACTICE AND PLAYING TIME TO A BUSY SCHEDULE?

EVERY RESEARCH I’VE READ SHOWS THAT WHEN GIVEN THE OPPORTUNITY TO PARTICIPATE IN A SPORT STUDENTS DRAMATICALLY IMPROVE THEIR CONDITIONING AND WEIGHT
MANAGEMENT COMPARED TO THOSE WHO SIT AROUND WATCHING TV.

STUDENTS WHO PARTICIPATE IN EXTRA CURRICULAR ACTIVITY ARE LESS LIKELY TO ENGAGE IN RISKY ENDEAVORS INCLUDING DRUGS.

BUT LET ME GET TO THE HEART OF THE E-MAIL THE GENTLEMAN PASSED ON.

HE SUGGESTED MORE TIME BE SPENT ON ACADEMICS.

STATES THAT HAVE LOOKED AT THIS FOUND THE THE G-P-A OF ATHLETES IN HIGH SCHOOL WAS HIGHER THAN THOSE WHO DON’T PARTICIPATE ON AVERAGE.

PLAYERS DAILY ATTENDANCE IS HIGHER THAN THE GENERAL STUDENT BODY.

IT’S BEEN MY EXPIERIENCE THAT LESSIONS LEARNED BEYOND THE CLASSROOM PAY LARGE BENEFITS LATER ON.

TO PLAY ON ANY TEAM ALWAYS INCLUDES PRACTICE AND LOTS OF IT.

LEARNING THAT THE HARDER YOU TRY THE BETTER IT GETS IS A LIFE LESSION WORTH LEARNING.

IN THE HARD CORE BUSINESS WORLD THEY WILL BE FACING AFTER GRADUATION SKILLS LEARNED ON THE COURT OR FIELD PAY HUGE DIVIDENDS LATER ON.

THE EMAIL I READ DOES REFLECT THAT PROBLEM THAT WE FACE TODAY, WITH BUDGET CUTS ACROSS THE BOARD IN MANY SCHOOL DISTRICTS ADMINISTRATORS ARE MAKING DIFFICULT DECISIONS REGARDING MANY THINGS INCLUDING ATHLETICS.

BUT WE SHOULD NEVER TAKE OUR EYE OFF THE PRIZE.

WHEN YOU TAKE A FULL LOOK AT THE KIDS WHO PLAY THESE GAMES THE RESULT IS VERY CLEAR.

STUDENT ATHLETES LEARN BETTER PROBLEM SOLVING SKILLS, IMPROVED SELF ESTEEM, IMPROVED SOCIAL SKILLS AND, ON AVERAGE, HIGHER GRADES.

PLAYING SPORTS LEADS TO MUCH LOWER SCHOOL DROPOUT RATES.

SO TO THE WRITER I WOULD SAY THAT YOU ARE GETTING A LOT OF BANG FOR YOUR TAX BUCK.

NOT EVERY STUDENT CAN PARTICIPATE IN THE GAME BUT THERE ARE SO MANY OTHER THINGS GOING ON.

BANDS MEMBERS WILL BE INVOLVED AS WILL CHEERLEADERS AND THE ENTIRE FAMILY IN ONE FORM OR ANOTHER.

EXTRA CURRICULAR ACTIVITY DOESN’T DIMINISH CLASSROOM ENDEVORS BUT RATHER INCREASES PARTICIPATION.

IN THE REAL WORLD WE ALL FACE TEAMWORK, COOPERATION, LEADERSHIP SKILLS AND TIME MANAGEMENT…THINGS LEARNED VERY WELL THROUGH SPORTS.

SO LET’S PLAY BALL AND HAVE SOME FUN THIS COMING WEEK.

THIS IS GEORGE HALE WITH MY PERSPECTIVE ON SPORTS.