Robert F. Smith...Richest Black Man in America that Black People Don't Know..."You can make more money being smart than you can being Strong or Fast!"
Robert F. Smith is absolutely correct with that quote. Yet millions of black people all across America are forcing their children to aspire to be the next Labron James. Not necessarily putting a basketball in the kid's hands, which many of us do, but rather by only exposing them to a singular image of success like a ball player or entertainer.
Don't get me wrong there is absolutely nothing wrong with a kid playing sports...or is it? I have two sons that play basketball and as a coach I tell parents all the time of the life lessons that they can learn through the game of basketball. I wonder though if I had my sons put in the same amount of time into another area i.e. math and science would they be equally as good as they are at basketball. What I do know is that they stand a much greater chance at going pro in the field of engineering than they do with basketball. So is it true that I'm living vicariously through my sons hoping that they'd fulfill a shattered dream of mine? Where did that dream come from for me? What if I'd studied electrical engineering 4-6 hours per day like I did most summers growing up playing ball?
I guess my point is this, if we expose our kids to all of the wonders that they are capable of, let them pursue their vast interests unimpeded, would sports be at the top of the priority list? Again all things being fare, for every time they see a Kobe Bryant or Labron James and marvel at their accomplishments, they also see other professionals equally as accomplished in their respective fields. I get the feeling that there would be a few less kids playing sports and far more playing and winning at the game of life long after their physical gifts are diminished.
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