Edited By William M. Reynolds
Chapter Twenty-Nine: High-Priced Sports: Parents, Sports, and the South
High-Priced Sports: Parents, Sports, and the South
All parents have dreams for their children. Some parents dream of their children growing up to become doctors, attorneys, entrepreneurs, community leaders, politicians, or some other role society values as successful. As the race for college admission gets tougher every day, reality is more difficult for parents to swallow. In the South, education and athletics have in many ways become equals. Parents may be just as proud of their child who plays sports at a large university as they are of a child who is accepted to and attends an Ivy League school. Parents have become accustomed to spending enormous sums of money not for tutors or the latest technology gadgets to enhance their child’s GPA or standardized test scores, but for their child’s athletic training. The training they most often invest in is not personal training in a weight room (though that is not as rare as you might think); it is private sports-specific training (Murphy, 1999). Many parents in the South believe that with hours of sports-specific training, their child will transition from good to great. The South (Hudson, 2014) is reflective of youth sports throughout the country, but it may be the best place to observe athletics as equivalent to any other accomplishment for today’s youth (Hudson, 2014).
Training for each sport during its preseason and then transitioning to the next sport once the current season ends...
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