Julie Samrick Finally, someone’s speaking out on the increasing madness of youth sports. A former professional athlete turned coach, now father of two, was in my town last week on one stop of a national lecture tour to promote his book “Changing the Game: The Parents Guide to Raising Happy, High Performing Athletes and Giving… Read more
By Julie Samrick Matthais Zierhut has prepared for this role his whole life. The 16-year-old high school sophomore is the planner and coordinator of his town’s first Light It Up Blue event in recognition of World Autism Awareness Day on Wednesday, April 2. Autism Speaks created the campaign where more than 1,300 cities spanning all… Read more
Marvin Bagley III just turned 14 in March, but he’s already received college scholarship offers. What’s also incredible is how humble Marvin is about all the attention. Read more Watch the 8th grader in action:
The Boy Scouts of America on Friday proposed lifting a ban on gay scouts but maintaining a prohibition on gay adults from leading troops, a compromise that attempts to end a fight that has split the century-old American institution into bitter factions. Read more What do you think?
The president of the Tustin, Calif., Pop Warner football league and the coach of an elite team there have been suspended while the national organization investigates allegations that 10 and 11-year-old players were offered cash incentives as high as $50 to intentionally injure their opponents. Read more
The movie The Blind Side gave North Caroline father of 3 Steve Sterett a real life idea: to help kids who may not be homeless like in the hit 2009 movie, but whose families could use a little extra help paying for their kids’ education. Read his inspiring story of service. Sterett has been nominated… Read more
My husband was asked to coach one of the 4th grade basketball teams in our city’s upcoming youth league. Normally eager to coach- he has coached our boys’ baseball and soccer teams each of the past three years- he agreed, but with trepidation since he never played organized basketball himself. He said yes because… Read more
It is making headlines that the terrorist behind the worst national tragedy Norway has seen since World War II is “one of them,” a blond-haired, blue-eyed Christian, making it even more difficult for some to comprehend why he would do such a thing. Even though the 32-year-old killer is “one of them,” there have… Read more