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Where are our educational leaders when it comes to school athletics? We need innovative leaders who have the courage to challenge the existing system.

Dr. Luther Halsey Gulick, the father of interscholastic sports, had a vision in 1903 when he became the first Physical Activity Director for the Public Schools of New York City. He gave great energy and passion to the cause of athletics at a time when schoolboys made up their own teams and named them for the neighborhood schools they attended. He started the Public School Athletic League and wrote extensively about how superivized and "rightly conducted" school athletics could make positive change to our society.

Click on this link to see what Dr. Gulick, one of the founders of the Boy Scouts and Camp Fire Girls, had to say one hundred years ago about the rationale for school sports. His words ring true today in so many ways.

The Industrial Revolution caused a mass migration to the cities and children had nothing to do after school. Gulick knew that these youngsters would soon be in those factories. He also realized that the rugged individualism that described the building of the American character was now obsolete. A new America, he thought, had to learn to act as a team, whether on the assembly line or on the football field.

He thought that school organized athletics could train the youth of the day to understand how to be team players, where loyalty and self-sacrifice were developed.

He was amazingly successful as across the country, high schools embraced this new concept. Today, the team concept is accepted by all Americans and we speak in sports metaphors regularly.

Now we are faced with different societal ills. General low self-esteem in adolescence and a pervasive societal negativism are two of the factors that make our young people more susceptible to violence of all kinds, addictions, and eating disorders. Interscholastic sports changed our society a hundred years ago to adapt to changing times and we can too.

We can make positive change in our society by using sports as an educational tool that teaches, and has kids regularly practicing, the skills necessary to build self-worth and create a positive environment. Dr. Gulick would have enthusiastically supported once again the use of schools, and specifically athletics, as a social tool as you can see by his own words.

Where are those athletic adiminstators that wish to emulate Luther Halsey Gulick? We need you to change sports now.

Where are our great universities that study sport psychology and know its value? Why are they not stepping forward to make sports a true learning experience, not for the elite few who can afford to pay, but for the children across the country? The role of the university is not just to teach and study, but to aggresively act on behalf of the social good for all people in their community.

Educators have dropped the ball in school athletics. All aspects of school life should serve the academic purpose of the school. Are we really paying tax dollars merely to have children play games when they could be learning about the mind-body connection and how to practice preventative mental health?

The American Academy of Family Physicians defines emotional health in the following way:

“People with good emotional health are in control of their thoughts, feelings and behaviors. They feel good about themselves and have good relationships. They can keep problems in perspective."

Sport Psychology teaches preventative emotional health as the science concentrates its emphasis on the thought, feeling, behavior relationship. If we can teach and practice controlling thought at a young age, perhaps we can have young people withhold their angry and frustrating thoughts and lessen the chance of violence on and off the field of play.

Our Mission
To bring positive change to the general school curriculum and sports programming by:
 •  Building a positive school environment
 •  Enhancing emotional health
 •  Reducing violence, addictions and eating disorders including obesity

"I struggle with having self-confidence on the field. People say I’m pretty accomplished, but I really don’t believe it. The positive self-talk (I learned at the workshop) is a big thing I’ve applied. Before every game we write down a goal. Mine is to stay positive."

 -- Senior, Girls' Soccer


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