Volume 20, Issue 18 | January 12, 2021
Positive Sports Parenting
If you know Dick Vitale, it's likely from his Emmy award winning career as a college basketball analyst for ESPN, as his passion and enthusiasm practically leap out of the television into viewers homes. Given this energetic persona, one might presume to know what he was like as a sports parent as well. Yet the former coach is far more measured when it comes to discussing his role as parent (and grandparent) to some high level student-athletes. In the short video above, Vitale talks about the importance of positive sports parenting and the need to have perspective.

As sports parents, the most important thing we can do is be a positive, supportive influence in the lives of our young athletes. Whether picking them up from practice or cheering them on in the stands, it's our job to help keep things fun while letting them know we're their biggest fan. As Vitale points out, the life of an athlete can be difficult; injuries, losses and mistakes can all lead to disappointment. As sports parents, we can support our young athletes by staying positive, encouraging them to give their best effort, and letting them know we'll be there no matter what.

It's been said that the most important thing an athlete needs to hear from a parent is "I love watching you play." As sports parents, let's leave X's and O's to the coach and embrace our role as positive sports parents. Our kids will be glad we did.
"See what love the Father has given us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know him. Beloved, we are God’s children now; it does not yet appear what we shall be, but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is."  ~ 1 John 3:1-2
Webinar Series Resumes Wednesday
Play Like a Champion's webinar series Uncomfortable Conversations on Race Leading to Understanding, Empathy, Allyship and Kinship continues Wednesday, January 13th with the second installment in this crucial series. Attendees do not need to have attended the first session to benefit from this week's engaging presentation and discussion on the ways we can educate administrators, coaches and athletes on racism while taking steps to eradicate injustice. Join keynote speakers Anthony Thomas, Athletic Director at Francis Parker High School and Joyce Jones, Director of the Office of Racial Harmony for the Archdiocese of St. Louis, as they lead attendees through this important conversation. The webinar takes place on Wednesday, January 13th at 6:00-7:30 pm EST and we invite you to register below to join the session.
Pandemic Parenting Guidance and Support
While we are talking about excellent webinars, here is another very interesting opportunity this week. Pandemic Parenting's goal is to share science-based research to help all who care for kids navigate this challenging time. They are offering a free upcoming webinar, Losing Seasons: Coping with Cancelled Youth Sports and Activities on Thursday, January 14 at 9pm EST.

As parents and caregivers, how do we keep our children active, healthy, and strong, while helping them (and us) mourn the loss of the activities that help them thrive? The webinar will discuss ways to tackle these issues and help children cope physically and mentally so that everyone "wins."

A Prayer for Sports Parents
God, I thank you for the wonderful blessing it is to watch my children play sports. Thank you for the smile that it brings to their face and for the ways in which sports help them to grow in virtue and skill. I ask that as they participate you protect them from injury and harm and bless them with the grace to reach their full potential. Bless their coaches that they may embrace their role and have the courage to always do what is right for the children you have entrusted to their care. Grant all sports parents the graces we need to be supportive and to have perspective. May we seek not our own will for our child, but yours, and in doing so be freed to let them enjoy this experience no matter the result. May each of us - child, coach and parent - glorify you through our actions and come to know you better through this experience. I ask this through Christ, our Lord. Amen.
Play Like a Champion's "Daily Prayers for Champions" page has been updated! Visit www.playlikeachampion.org/prayer for more than 200 prayers plus resources that can help you and your team grow closer to God while participating in sports.
Play Like a Champion Today Educational Series
PO Box 72, Notre Dame, IN 46556 | information@playlikeachampion.org