Summer time is the perfect time for kids to participate in fun camps, events, and activities. There is nothing better to see than a bunch of kids having a great time together. But how do you handle the kids who do not want to participate? This blog post will equip you with some helpful tools and tricks to get those kids to participate with the others.
As we like to say at the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation, we harness sports as a vehicle to capture kids’ attention and provide a concrete way to teach them life’s lessons. Right now, you can’t turn on a television or open up a social media site without being bombarded by news, opinions, and speculation about the men and women currently seeking public office. Why not harness that?
Whose stories are not being told, are not known, but should be?
And more importantly—to whom are we not speaking?
Choosing the path that we want to take for our future can be difficult. There may be some obstacles or unexpected challenges that come in your way that may make you feel like quitting, but it is up to you whether you continue to strive for your goals. A strong work ethic and the decision of making positive choices gives us the ability to reach these goals that we set for ourselves. We can set both short and long-term goals that can help us accomplish our dreams.
For a while, we have been hearing variations of the following:
"Grow your team of mentors and mentees.” – Jason Collins, on how to close the gap between kids who need a consistent, caring adult in their lives and adults who could be those positive role models
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One of the key principals of “The Ripken Way” is to celebrate the individual. When you work with kids, you quickly learn that each kid is different—each has their strengths and their weaknesses, and also their own way of playing and learning. It’s up to you as a coach to reinforce their strengths and help them build skills and improve where they can.
It is an uncommon person who, in the face of obstacles, loss, and low expectations, still asks why not. Why not me? Even if I’m starting from behind, even if nobody in my family has ever gone to college, even if all my friends are getting in trouble, even if everyone expects me to fail…why can’t I succeed?