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April 15, 2014

My Point Is... It’s Soccer Time!

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LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. —

Parents and grandparents learn their own rules early on, making a blanket and umbrella standard equipment in the family vehicle. Just one experience with the dew-drenched bleachers for early morning games and the cool evening wind whipping across the flattened fields justify the blanket as a year-round staple of the sporting family. The umbrellas and raincoats join the list of necessities, ranking at the top of the “have-to” list with cleats, shin guards and Gatorade.

Although basketball will undoubtedly remain the state’s primary sporting attraction and fan base, every sport has its own role in teaching discipline and respect. Each one has a spot in the physical and emotional development of a child. While not every child is athletically-oriented, having the opportunity to participate builds self-esteem, self-confidence and physical endurance.

So while we applaud our children and grandchildren, nieces and nephews, friends and family, let’s save a couple of hand slaps for the “movers and shakers” who established these programs and for those who continue and expand them to provide positive character-building activities for the children and youth of the community - as well as giving us “older folks” some activity as we cheer the children on.

See ya at the field!

 

njohnson@sentinel-echo.com

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