Why in the world do I have such a long title? This post is about progress through relative obscurity. Sportsmanship exists in all sports; not just the ones with big TV contracts. I like football, basketball, and baseball as much as the next guy, but there is more to sports than Kobe, LT, and Pujols. Here in St. Louis, the House of Hard Knocks, America SCORES St. Louis, and Lift For Life Gym are all having a positive impact on kids through boxing, soccer, and weightlifting respectively.
Tim Connors, the owner of the House of Hard Knocks is using boxing to help kids at-risk of going down the wrong path. Boxing teaches self-discipline and builds an enormous work ethic in a young person. You can’t help being a better person if you run several miles and do several hundred push-ups a day. Serena Muhammad, Executive Director of AmericaSCORES St. Louis, employs a combination of soccer, poetry, and community service to keep young people on the right path. Soccer provides the physical activity kids need, poetry enhances their literacy, and community service allows them to use their gifts to help others.
Marshall Cohen, Founder & Executive Director of Lift For Life Gym, has chosen weightlfting as his weapon to combat the challenges many youth face. Weightlifting represents the ultimate in self-motivation. No matter how much weight is on the bar, it will not move until you move it. This can be seen as a microcosm of life. Your problems, no matter how great or small will never go away until you want them to. These three programs are just a sample of the good work being done in the St. Louis area to build character and sportsmanship in young people. Contact information is available for the three programs below. Until next time…
Be a Good Sport!
House of Hard Knocks
3518 Lemay Ferry Rd.
St. Louis, MO 63125