Each of us deals with personality flaws. Mine is a lifetime struggle with some slight competitive issues.
OK…perhaps not so slight. And perhaps it can be more accurately defined as competitive issues swimming in a hearty bowl of intensity.
As I have aged, I’ve sought healthier outlets for these demons. Rather than an ongoing and all out push in the work place, I channel much of this competitive drive into pick-up basketball three times a week.
It’s a well organized and friendly game, yet – make no mistake – the participants keep score.
I have also become engaged in the athletic pursuits of my children. I help coach a basketball team of feisty five and six-year-olds, as well as a second grade baseball team.
We focus on fundamentals, yet – make no mistake – the kids (and the parent coaches) keep score.
Athletic and team participation is such a wonderful way for children to develop physically, while also honing critical skills that will serve them well in life, such as self-esteem, team chemistry, conflict resolution and sportsmanship.
It’s for this reason that I recently accepted an invitation to join the advisory board of Koa Sports, a not-for-profit that runs youth leagues and summer camps for boys and girls in flag football, baseball, basketball, softball and field hockey.
Here is a press release that announces my appointment. While my specific responsibilities still need to be defined, I look forward to helping this wonderful organization fulfill its mission of “Changing Kids’ Lives Through Sports.”
And I’ll do my best to keep those competitive issues in check.