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The Winning Factor by Peter Jensen

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APPENDIX ABe a “Positive Participant” in Your Child’s Athletics

by Sandra Stark

Sport needs good leadership, particularly sport for children. It always has and it always will. Harry Edwards, a well-known sport sociologist, showed us clearly that sport is value-neutral. It is neither good nor bad; it takes on the values of the people in charge and the culture in which it is housed. You need only look at sport in the United States versus Canada versus the former USSR to see different values expressed and reinforced.

Jim Coleman, another sport sociologist, spent his life looking at the role sport plays in a culture. He showed that there is no proof that kids who are involved in sport do better in life than kids who hang around in malls. To many, ...

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