I’ve had a lot of my athletes go pro. Seriously, look it up. It’s absolutely true.
It’s just that none of them have gone pro playing sports.
They are professionals, nonetheless.
- Park rangers
- Recreation specialists
- Construction workers
- Fence builders
And the list goes on and on.
They are successes in their own stories. They make me proud to have been their coach. No win, no matter how big it seemed at the time, matches the joy of observing these young men as husbands, fathers, and fine adult citizens.
I’ve coached kids who were (are) borderline brilliant. I’ve coached kids who had many adults in their teenage lives who thought they were borderline criminals. Except for a few rare outliers, I liked them all. Except for a few outliers, I believed in them and believed ALL of them would grow up (eventually) to become fine adults. They have.
Sports are great. Enjoy them while you still have the opportunity to participate. Compete within yourself to be the best you that you can be. But, please, please, please, never forget sports are a first step in your developing life, not the last step.
It gets better from here. I know this may be hard to believe, but it’s true.
Trust me on this one, kids.