Sport is a huge part of our society and with it has come competition and the wanting to be the best athlete. This is not a bad outcome from sport. Competition is natural and good for athletes, but we have placed to much emphasis on sport. Somehow, somewhere along this path we lost our way on how to, and the importance of, properly developing an athlete on and off the field. We put aside the responsibility of sport and its purpose of building tomorrow’s leaders, and have placed sport and athletes above everything else. And because of our “win at all cost mentality,” the costs were great and we are now suffering. Our society has no interest in the long term development of the athlete or person, and this is unfortunate because it has, and will continue to negatively effect our communities. Athletic development does not stop when your high school or college career ends. You still hold the responsibilities of an athlete with an emphasis on giving back to the community so that future generations may have the same or better opportunities that you once had.
How did this happen? There is no single answer. All that matters now is coaches, parents, mentors, and all others within our communities, begin understanding the importance teaching the responsibilities of sport and do away with this “win at all cost” mentality.