Brooklyn Savvy was joined by AB Whitfield, Ben Glascoe , Michael Bellamy, Khalid Green and Adrain Stacker to talk about high school athletes and the issues in nurturing a d-1 level player in football, basketball and baseball. Other issues can arise for parents like financial stability, education and support for their growing athletes. Host Toni Williams with her panelist, explored these areas with advice to “Nurture High School Athletes”.
A parent should allow their child to lead them into sports, compared to trying to live through them as AB Whitfield mentions. Allowing the child to explore and experiment at a young age creates a natural love for a sport, which leads to life long achievements. Children can begin as young as the age of 4 with a simple basketball in their hands or even a 9th grader with a new found love for baseball. In other words at any age a parent should support their children when they have an urge for a sport while also learning the benefits.
Adrian Stacker, founder of NY Diamond Mom feels as though sports build character for a child. Since she is both a guidance counselor and parent, she sees both sides. Having athletes at a young age develops teamwork, confidence, and life skills needed for the workplace. Being on a team is an automatic group effort,
There’s No I In Team
should be self explanatory. The organization shares information with mothers about baseball for their growing child. Often times mothers would be the one making lunches for the team while the dad is out in the field. In 2013, a time where mothers play both parenting roles, having an organization to help with information about sports helps keeps everyone on the same page.
Coaches of today have done a 360 in nurturing their players. From yester-year, they appeared more of the tough love era. “Players today have become more sensitive”, Mike Bellamy host of In the Zone, a show highlighting the best of Brooklyn’s sports, states. He feels without a doubt players today would not be able to handle the original style coaches. In the sports world in the United States today, the strongest player becomes a dictator to the coach while the other players don’t speak up. How can that be considered a “team”? Also, because high school athletes are beginning to get treated like professionals, getting traded from high school, parents cannot change being the parent. Which school gets more media attention are sometimes the reason an athlete is offered the opportunity to go to another school.
The good thing about nurturing high school athletes today are the outlets parents have access to. Finding facilities in Brooklyn and beyond creates opportunity for their child to explore the world of sports while in the neighborhood. Athletes get the chance to feel what they love and don’t and pursue their dreams. Even if they utilize sports only while in school, stressing education forms a mindset for professionalism which every person needs to have later in life.