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Youth Sports From Bleachers to Benches The Decline of Character

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  • Michelle Cardini/MASK Magazine

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An estimated 30 million children in the U.S. play organized sports, which provide benefits including better health, and “character building values such as teamwork, dedication and discipline.” Unfortunately, with the “win at all costs” mentality that now seems to be taking over, those benefits have been on the decline, leaving parents and families to wonder what ever happened to the good ol’ days of playing purely for the love of the game. This fall, MASK (Mothers Awareness on School-age Kids) The Magazine releases the Sportsmanship issue – From Bleachers to Benches: The Decline of Character. This issue examines character, what matters most, the “win-at-all-costs” mentality and a parent’s role. It offers ways parents can act as role models for their children even while standing on the sidelines, and how to build the utmost character in sports. Whether you have a pre-K, elementary, junior high, high school or college student, this issue gives parents an age-appropriate guide on how to teach and model good sportsmanship behaviors and principles to your child.

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From cover to cover, MASK The Magazine is packed with parenting advice from medical doctors, clinical psychologists, physical therapists, professors, professionals and moms, dads, and high school students. In the Student Awareness Tools section, Perry High School students share their perspective on how to be a good sport on and off the field. An “ultimate sports mom” inspires both sides of the bench and reminds parents that “youth sports is a gold mine of opportunities to teach kids impactful lessons.” Readers will also hear from a disabled Dad who coaches kids and The Phoenix Heat wheelchair rugby team at Ability 360 Sports & Fitness Center and teams all over the world. He says the one thing he has learned from coaching over the years is that “coaching is leadership.” If you come in and teach – whether in wheelchair rugby, football or baseball – and are confident in what you do, people will follow you.
The Fall issue of MASK The Magazine is filled with timely and trending information – from the constantly evolving, widespread trend of vaping and e cigarettes (which now includes “dripping” a new and dangerous way people use vaporizers) to need-to-knows on health, prevention and connection.

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About MASK 

MASK is a nonprofit 501 (c) (3) organization created in 2007 by a group of dedicated mothers who recognized the need to consistently educate families on rapidly changing issues. The MASK mission is to engage and educate parents, children and the community about the issues facing our youth and to empower children to make safe, healthy choices. MASK fulfills its mission by engaging, educating and empowering families through the MASK E3 Institute, MASK The Magazine and a vastly informative website.