Creating, Laughter, Fun & Life-Long Memories

In the sleepy little town of Manton, Michigan, Scott Chittle, watched his two elementary-aged girls settle in for the winter. In-person school was on-again, off-again. Even when it was full time, kids had to sit in assigned seats in class and at lunch, careful not to interact. The local elementary basketball season was cancelled. So, the daughters mainly sat and …

Perspective – Lessons on High School Sports

After 11 years of writing blogs, this is my first video blog. A bit too long, but after 5 takes, I just had to go with it. I hope it resonates with you.   Your Turn: Why do you play sports and how does it bring you happiness, purpose or identity?

Let Them Play

Thirty-eight states are allowing high school athletes to compete in winter sports. To help increase those numbers, a movement has spread across those remaining 12 states. This movement is called, “Let Them Play.” Over the past 14 days, athletes protested outside their individual schools in California and Maryland and at state capitals in Michigan and Illinois. This is not a …

102 Year Old Julia Hawkins Breaks World Record

Julia “the Hurricane” Hawkins doesn’t feel her age. Sometimes she feels 60 or 70, sometimes as young as 16. She has been active her own whole life and she was not about to quit any time soon. So, at the age of 100, she entered a masters-level world championship meet and broke the world record for Centurions (those over 100). …

How Kids Wish Their Parents Would Behave in the Stands

This is a tremendous video of young athletes talking about their parent’s behavior in the stands. They also talk about how this behavior affects them while playing. Finally, they ask the child how they wish their parents would act in the stands. The comments from these young athletes are eye-opening. Joe’s Perspective: The overwhelming feedback from these kids is chill …

An Important Debate is Coming on Transgender Athletes

Earlier this year, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) introduced legislation that would ban biological males from women’s sports. The bill is called the Protect Women’s Sports Act. She believes that Title IX, introduced in the 1970’s to create equal opportunities for women, is under attack by forcing females to compete against biological males that identify as females. This unfair competition limits …

What Kind of Player Are You?

I saw this on Facebook today and it made me reflect on how seriously I took sports when I was in high school and in college. I then showed it to my daughters for their reaction. So, I thought I would show it to you as well. Your Turn: What are your thoughts after your read this quick meme?

Composure! Composure! #Composure!

It was a rivalry game in the SEC Conference – #6 ranked University of Florida vs. unranked Louisiana State University. 1:49 seconds left in a 34-34 tie game. LSU had 3rd down and 10. The quarterback threw short and the wide receiver was tackled for a short gain. 4th down. Florida had 3 timeouts and more than enough time to …

Sarah Fuller is the First Woman to play Major College Football

Two weeks ago Sarah Fuller was the goalie for Vanderbilt University, anchoring her team to the SEC Championship. After the game, she began planning a trip home for the holidays to spend with her family. However, she received a phone call from her coach. Apparently, the 1st, 2nd and 3rd string kickers for the Vanderbilt football team were diagnosed with …