Finding What We’re Losing
Blog: From the Director
Posted Friday, March 25, 2011

My wife doesn’t listen to me much, and she certainly doesn’t help me search anymore, when I say I’ve lost something.  Seems I’m always searching for something, but especially eyeglasses and keys.  “You always find them” she says.  “Eventually.”  And it’s true.  I do.

And here’s what I’ve discovered:  I almost always find what I’ve lost in the places I last left them.  Quite obvious, isn’t it?  We always find what we’ve lost in the places we’ve last left them.

In my opinion, in a few years we’re going to be saying that we’ve lost some things in our schools that have been important to us; and we’re going to find them right where we lost them.

  • When schools realize they’ve lost a magnet for attracting students and the involvement of parents, they’ll start looking for those things . . .
  • When schools realize they’ve lost a forum for giving a school identity and generating school spirit, they’ll start looking for those things . . .
  • When schools realize they’ve lost a tool for reaching students and motivating students to stay in school, like school and do better in school, they’ll start looking for those things . . .
  • When schools realize they’ve lost a program that teaches discipline, time management, hard work, teamwork and citizenship, they’ll start looking for those things . . .
  • When schools realize they’ve lost a program that improves student attendance and GPAs and reduces discipline problems and dropouts, they’ll start looking for those things . . .

And all these things that schools have lost will be found right in the place they were last left – in school-sponsored, student-centered competitive athletics and activities.

Comments

# gw
Friday, December 30, 2011 5:21 PM
Hello Mr. Roberts:

We absolutely love this blog and think it is so true. Sports have been a true asset to our children making them productive, well-rounded students and adults.

Also we enjoyed meeting you on Saturday at the scholar athlete luncheon, you sat at my family's table. Thank you for all that you do for Michigan, high school, and the students. We truly appreciate your time and efforts on behalf of the MHSSA.

Sincerely,
Scott and Chris Slater
Proud Parents of Leigh Slater, a Class of 2011 Scholar Athlete
# gw
Friday, December 30, 2011 5:22 PM
Thank you MHSAA for continuing to remind everyone about the extraordinary value of school sports. Unfortunately, we do not always realize what we have until it is gone. So many lives are positively impacted by the small percentage of dollars spent on school sports in the overall general fund budget.

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