Honorably building sound minds and sound bodies
It’s refreshing to see the non-profit Tri-Municipal Park Inc. readying multi-play fields, sand volleyball courts, disc golf, an orchard, walking trails, a pavilion and more on a 165 acre Centre Hall parcel.
When sports persons start utilizing these play fields soon, a hope of mine is that playing fair will be a prime principle used during their healthy competitions.
Many psychologists talk about how playing fair in sports is more important than winning. Some overly obsessive winners want to crush their enemies and will do whatever it takes to win, even if that means being cruel or cheating. Strong lessons from youngster’s clean-living days in sports carry over to real life. If parents help their children to be fair and fun to play with, then others will want to line up to play with them. We should be teaching our children ways to develop their characters and do well at winning at life. And star players are those who can help their teammate’s blossom into becoming better players and people.
For the love of the game, when the park officially opens more fields this year it would be nice to see respectful community members christen an entrance sign reminding players of how integral fair sportsmanship is. Perhaps the Tri-Municipal Park board can take suggestions to include persuasive sporting slogans and motto's on such an inspiration park entrance sign.