In my early days as a sports enthusiast, I was surrounded by a popular Texas religion: The sport of high school Football. 

It’s king in Texas. There’s no doubt about it. Whether it’s the multi-million dollar stadiums or major brand sponsorships, it runs the show in the Lone Star State. 

What drives this insanity for such a vast following of 17 and 18 year olds pounding it out on the gridiron? 

It could be that there’s pressure from parents for their kids to get scholarships? Or perhaps from the player’s coach, so he can have success and be promoted up the ranks. Or maybe, it’s just the world we live in; everything is digital and it just becomes one gigantic competition for what school can outdo the other. 

Regardless, something has to be done so that the youth don’t lose sight of what’s really important: becoming quality human beings who can contribute to society in a positive manner. 

To me, that’s what sports are all about. It gives us a chance to express a wide variety of emotions all in a short amount of time. You can go from arguing a call, to laughing and celebrating with your teammates, to having your heart broken and crying on a long bus ride home. Correct me if I’m wrong, but what a great preparation for “the real world.”

Sports are such a unique experience, it’s important for us to remember what they’re in place for. A chance to compete shouldn’t be misrepresented by adults making our youth into something they aren’t. Just let the kids play.

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