Posts Tagged ‘sports’

Can Sochi maintain the Legacy for the Olympic and Parlympic Winter Games?

Wednesday, November 6th, 2013

The Sochi 2014 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games have high expectations and sustainable development plan in place to make these games a success. I believe the most difficult process of this is to maintain the Olympic Game Legacy as well as Sochi, Russia contributing their own uniqueness during their host of the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.

The Games in Sochi are going to be highly innovative Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, that will express the spirit of modern Russia and bring with them sustainable, positive change for the whole country.

They want any participants, competitors and billion of TV viewers to come away with a positive impression of the Games and of Russia leaving a rich legacy for Sochi, Russia. They are planning for more than short-term their long term-goals are to be a positive contribution to their economy, cultural and environmental development of the entire Krasnodar Region. There are many examples of how the games have transformed an image of a city and can be an overall positive experience for these cities.

This rich legacy – material and non-material – remains in the host country for many years, which is why many nations compete for the right to host the Games. For the winning country, the Games are a project of national value.

The Russian Diamond is of high importance as well when talking about the values of the games. They consist of

  1. Excellence
  2. Efficiency
  3. Integration
  4. Hospitality
  5. Unity
  6. Uniqueness
  7. Respect
  8. Legacy
  9. Harmony

Sochi 2014 Organizing committee has 11 strategic objectives in place to be the most successful and they have 6 main areas of activity in the field of sustainability for the preparation of staging the Games in 2014 they are

  1. Healthy Lifestyle – develop mass and professional sport, promote healthy lifestyles, and make it possible for people with disabilities to participate in sports.
  2. Harmony with Nature – Minimal impact on climate, zero waste games and enlightenment games.
  3. Barrier-free Environment – accessibility standards and requirements that are imposed on the host-city of the Games by the IOC and the IPC.
  4. Economic Prosperity – develop job markets, develop Sochi as a mountain climate resort and sports center at an international level and help stabilize the economic development.
  5. Modern Technologies – use of innovative technology solutions, development of a legal normative base, distribution of cutting-edge experience in the area of organizing sports and mass events and the perfection of approaches and practices in the management of large projects at a federal level.
  6. Culture and National Values – maintain culture diversity, maintaining culture legacy and develop patriotism and the feeling of national pride.

With all of these procedures and emphasize on these values and preparation steps I believe Sochi, Russia can host an excellent Olympic and Paralymic Winter Games.

To play or not to pay, that is the question

Monday, October 28th, 2013

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More Exercise or More $$$$?

Sunday, October 27th, 2013

The situation for Sondra paying US$125 for her two children to play in a youth baseball league is financially troublesome for her.  Once she realized this was not fitting her budget she spoke with the director of the recreation center.  He told her that because of the current budget cuts they were unable to assist her with the fees and that playing sports was a privilege, not a right.  Without the financial help from the recreation center it seems as though Sondra’s children will be unable to participate in the youth baseball league.  Does it seem ethically right to offer youth sports to people who are financially capable or should the people with issues be provided with help? Simple, it should be attacked like college by offering the financial aid approach for people with those needs.

Unfortunately, the tough place that Sondra is put in financially is an issue that pertains to many families.

From the article Youth sports costing more time and money:

It is a reality that many parents are facing when it comes to their children playing sports. Want your child to get a college scholarship? Be prepared to ante up. Even if your child does excel at the game, there are only so many scholarships to go around. Playing competitive sports isn’t cheap. And there isn’t really any end in sight.

With entering two children into the recreation program, Sondra receives a US$25 discount.  Although this helps her out slightly, she is still having issues meeting the financial demands to enter her children into the program.

Since youth sport has become an issue for the budget of some families, some youth programs have applications families can fill out to find the financial assistance in paying for these sports. For example financial aid for Youth Sports YMCA is now provided. The YMCA site says:

Thanks to the United Way of the Midlands and the YMCA’s “Strong Kids Campaign,” financial assistance is available for those in need within our available resources.

This can be found at http://youth-sports.metroymca.org/membership/financial-aid/

By providing families with the option to apply for financial aid, it allows for them to be more capable of paying for their children to participate in youth sports.  If this can be done in more areas, then more children will be able to stay active in sports that they like to engage and participate in.

Lowering GPA standards: Until you get paid millions of dollars to play a sport you better be reading a book

Friday, October 25th, 2013

Many athletes these days are starting to lose the pride of the term STUDENT athlete. When I hear the term student athlete I think of someone who works just as hard on the field/court as they do in the classroom. Some high schools are beginning to lower the standard for athletes when it comes to the GPA required to compete, going from a 2.5 GPA to a 1.7 GPA. Having lowered the GPA it is okay if an athlete who has 6 classes to have 4 C’s and 2 D’s, that is passing! In these high schools I believe administrators are attempting to keep some athletes off the streets and trying to prevent them from getting into trouble such as joining gangs, selling or doing drugs.

As much as administrators are trying to keep these athletes out of these situations, it does not help them succeed in life because once they graduate high school, will they have a GPA high enough to attend college? If an athlete cannot pass and/or struggles with the subjects Math, English or Science all being the core subjects of standardizing testing and of the ACT/SAT, how can they get a high school diploma? Even more so if an athlete wants to play at a collegiate level will they be able to get their GPA high enough to be accepted into an institution? Will they be able to maintain a GPA high enough to be eligible for playing time?  Al Woods author of “Warning: Student Athletes, Bad Grades Will Make You Invisible to College Coaches!” writes:

“I would guarantee you that one of the first questions a college coach will ask anyone about a particular student athlete is: “What are their grades like?”If the answer to that question is not a good answer, then you can best believe that’s the end of that discussion about that student athlete.” -Woods, Al

Therefore, administrators are not setting up these student athletes to be successful later on in life after high school. And until these athletes can prepare for their studies on a daily basis as they would if they were to play in the state championship game, they are going to have a hard time being victorious.

What role does sport play in High School? Lowering GPA worth it?

Thursday, October 24th, 2013
I believe that lowering the GPA minimum is ultimately hurting the athletes. Coaches and teachers need to encourage student-athletes to work hard in the classroom in order to participate in sports. The priority should first be academics and then sports. Therefore, they should not be messing with the academics side of school just to be able to allow students to participate in sports.

Eliminating GPA requirements at some high schools has angered some people, including students, who believe that playing sports is a right to be earned.

And that is how sports should be viewed: rights to be earned. Teachers and tutors are available for students who need help improving their grades in order to participate in sports. The students need to work harder in school, not be given a lower standard to meet for sports. It also hurts the students because how are colleges going to let them in if they have a 1.6 GPA from high school? High school needs to prepare them for college, and by lowering the GPA standard for sports, it does not accomplish that. There was another article I found that stated:

“Our main charge is to provide a quality education and prepare them for life after high school,” said Smithfield High Principal Rebecca Mercer. “We believe that academics should come first.”

High school students need to realize that there is life after high school and that high school is not all about playing sports, but also about getting an education. High school sports should be looked at as an opportunity and privilege, if the students participate. I believe that with the lowering the minimum GPA that it is sending a wrong image to the high school students about how important sports really are to a high school over the academics side.

Jeopardy! Contestants Have a Rough Go

Saturday, July 27th, 2013

The sports movie category reeked havoc on the contestants. In all fairness there were some obscure movies (Senna & Crossover).

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