Since Today is Martin Luther King Day, I wanted to recognize his contribution by re-posting my own I have a Dream for Youth Sports article from last year. As I read over it, I couldn’t help but wonder, have we made any progress since last year?
I guess realizing this dream will not be easy or quick. But we cannot give up!
One of the most famous lines of King’s speech is this one:
I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin by the content of their character.
That dream kept Martin Luther King, Jr. writing, speaking and striving to make this country a better place to live.
I have a dream, youth-sports style
I too, have a dream. But it’s a dream for youth sports. It’s a dream that keeps me writing, answering emails, and trying to help sports parents everywhere as they strive to make youth sports a better place for kids.
I have a dream that in youth sports, every kid who wants to play will find a team, a league that offers him that opportunity.
I have a dream that parents would let kids be kids and have fun playing sports, especially when they are young.
I have a dream that kids would learn from youth sports that there are some things worth fighting for and that fighting for them makes you a stronger person.
I have a dream that kids playing sports would know the unconditional love and support of their parents, win or lose.
I have a dream that kids in youth sports would learn what it means to be part of a team, to work together with others.
I have a dream that kids in youth sports would learn how to rise above mistakes and become better because of them.
I have a dream that parents would not push their kids to fulfill the parent’s own personal desires, but that parents would listen to the kids’ dreams and passions.
I have a dream that parents, coaches, and athletes would understand that youth sports is fun and may even open doors for the future, but that there is nothing more important than what an athlete becomes in the process.
If you want to truly be inspired by a man who changed the fight for civil rights in our country, take a few minutes to read his “I have a dream” speech today.
May it remind you that in life, and in sports, there are some dreams worth fighting for.