When Meghan Vogel helped a fellow athlete across the finish line at a state championship track meet in Ohio, she became an instant YouTube sensation precisely because everyone
would not have done the same.
Adults often speak about "teachable moments," opportunities for perceptive teachers, coaches and parents to help young athletes draw positive lessons from a negative event. Sometimes the negative event is relatively trivial, such as losing a tough game in the final minute. But in the case of this month's youth sports hero, sometimes the negative event is much more serious.
At a the half-way point during a recent high school cross country meet, one of the runners maintaining a brisk pace with a solid chance to win or place high, suddenly stopped running. What happened next makes him our Youth Sports Hero for November.
Every month in 2012 MomsTEAM contributing expert Doug Abrams has highlighted a Youth Sports Hero. As he does in December each year, he listed his top five in an article for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Can you guess which ones Doug picked as the top five? Which ones would you pick?
Douglas E. Abrams is a nationally recognized youth sports expert and professor of law at the University of Missouri, specializing in family law and children and the law. A youth hockey coach for more than 40 years, Prof. Abrams is a prolific author and lecturer on sportsmanship, character development, and community sports programs, and a frequent guest on radio and television. Most recently, Prof. Abrams contributed a chapter to the book, "Learning Culture Through Sports" (Rowman and Littlefield 2010), entitled "Achieving Equal Opportunity in Youth Sports," a blueprint for maintaining equitable community sports programs. (more)