My 14-year-old son Jordan did not make the JV basketball team in his high school. Not very surprising really. There is no freshmen basketball team at his school and only six freshmen made the JV, out of a class of more than 400 students. Six freshmen who were all taller and better basketball players than my son: “They all deserved to be on the team ahead of me,” he told me, resigned to the fact that he would not be able to play his favorite sport for his school team. So now Jordan rides the bus home after school ends every day, no running around at practice or working out in the weight room with the rest of his buddies. The weight room, after all, is reserved for “athletes.”
Our nation sits in the midst of a growing obesity epidemic, one that threatens the health of our children, and we can’t muster the public will (aka the dollars!) to assemble freshmen basketball teams?
In North Carolina?!? … (Read more and view comments at Forbes)