Life Lessons Through Sports


If you don’t know me personally, one aspect you will learn quickly is that I am a huge sports enthusiast and have been active in sports since a very young age. As a dad I have been awaiting the moment that my daughter would begin to participate in sports and to see the joy on her face and the excitement in her voice as she plays. Finley has been participating in dance for two years now and currently loves it! She attends a local dance studio with classes every Wednesday night, all leading up to a large recital in May each year where they dress up in costumes and make-up! Aside from dance she has also been active playing soccer and t-ball which she played for the first time as a 3 yr old in the spring and summer of 2016.  As her dad/soccer coach I loved every minute of it and of course every girl on the team looked forward to the drinks and snacks after the game.

As we kick off 2017, Finley begins a new adventure this weekend. It will be her first opportunity to play organized basketball through our local YMCA. Basketball has always been a passion of mine, playing through childhood into college, and even now as I am able to give back to the game through being a state of Kansas high school basketball official. So needless to say, I am very excited and anxious to watch/coach Finley as she not only learns the game of basketball but even more importantly develops new skills that she will use throughout her whole life.

Being a parent of a young child you always want the best for them. However, I also believe it’s important for them to actively participate in sports as a kid. Notice I said sports, not a single sport. At a young age there are many opportunities for kids, no matter their skill level, to be active and to learn how to work together with their teammates. I will also make mention that I firmly believe competition is good for kids to understand as they develop and there is no better way to learn the value of competition than through sports. Being able to have kids understand the importance of how hard work and discipline can make them a better athlete will have a resounding impact on them in every aspect of their lives.

Here’s to a great season of 4U basketball! I can’t wait to share updates, videos and pictures of all the excitement and life lessons we are about to encounter. Below is a little insight to our ‘practice’ the other day as we learned “Basketball 101 – The Art of Dribbling” including two videos and a picture of Finley. You’ll notice in the second video, we have our first basketball related injury only 15 seconds in 🙂

Now who is in charge of snacks this week? Will someone please find me the sign-up sheet……