The much publicized recruitment, legal troubles and dismissal of a former Florida HS football standout from a SEC school received extensive media coverage. Unfortunately, the story was not exceptional. The story is repeated across the country by student-athletes possessing a media-jaded view of not just college and college football, but life in general.
While more and more top athletes are ready to compete physically, a growing number lack spiritual, social and emotional tools to succeed away from home. Perhaps you know a young man or woman who fits this description.
This plight is tragic for the individual. Perhaps as tragic is that others pattern attitudes, choices and behaviors after those with athletic talent.
Throughout history, many who championed negative causes were none-the-less leaders. Their ideals were damaging, but their influence was far-reaching. Ultimately, their leadership was effective. Talented young athletes are effective leaders who influence many. The question is: Will their cause be positive or negative? By earmarking talented young athletes for Jesus Christ, we target effective leaders… leaders with potential to greatly impact our sports-crazed society.
Fathers not engaged in their children’s lives on a daily basis, nonetheless show up at sporting events to see their children participate.
Our culture is enamored with sports. Fathers not engaged in their children’s lives on a daily basis, nonetheless show up at sporting events to see their children participate. One of my greatest joys is watching my own sons play football, basketball, soccer and baseball. Young people who participate in athletics – especially those who are gifted – possess a mechanism by which to draw fathers back into relationship. Talented young athletes influence not only their peers and future generations, but even older generations. Leadership is influence.