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Written by Ginny Grimsley
Friday, 08 March 2013 14:59
Psychiatrist Shares 4 Ways Sports-Obsessed
Families Can Affect Young Athletes
They’re called student-athletes, but many youth advocates – including psychiatrist Gary Malone, are concerned that the emphasis is on “athlete.”
“Anyone who follows sports knows that college-level and professional recruiters are looking at recruits – children – at increasingly younger ages, and it’s not because they want to ensure these athletic students get a well-rounded education,” says Malone, a distinguished fellow in the American Psychiatric Association, and coauthor with his sister Susan Mary Malone of “What’s Wrong with My Family?” (www.whatswrongwithmyfamily.com).
“In my home state, Texas, a new high school football stadium is opening that cost $60 million dollars and seats 18,000. That’s all funded at public expense. We constantly read of districts across the country cutting academic and arts programs and teachers’ salaries due to budget shortfalls. How can this make sense?”
As a high-performing student-athlete throughout his own high school and college years, Malone says he appreciates the benefits of extracurricular programs.
“But the NCAA.’s own 2011 survey found that, by a wide margin, men’s basketball and football players are much more concerned about their performance on the field than in the classroom,” he says.
Malone reviews how the imbalance favoring athletic pursuits can damage student-athletes and the family unit:
• Life beyond sports: Only 3 percent of high school athletes will go on to compete in college; less than 1 percent of college athletes turn pro, where the average career is three years with risk of permanent injury, including brain damage, for football players. Even if they’re among the successful elite, wealth management is likely to be a major problem; some studies show that up to 78 percent of NFL players go broke after three years of retirement. Is this the best future for a child?
• Misplaced parental priorities: A parent’s obsession with a child’s success in sports can be extremely damaging to a child, to the extent of bordering on abuse. Parents who look to their children to provide them with the validation, status or other unfulfilled needs don’t have their child’s best interests at heart. Parents who tend to be domineering can be especially dangerous in the face of an athletic success obsession.
• Siblings left behind: When the family values one child’s athletic prowess over the talents and gifts displayed by his or her siblings, the latter children risk growing up without a sense of personal identity, which leads to co-dependency problems in adulthood.
• Pressured to play: Especially in the South, but throughout the entire United States, football is huge. Basketball dominates inner cities and regions like Indiana; wrestling is big in the Midwest and parts of the Northeast, and hockey might be the focus for children throughout Northeast and upper Midwest. Children, especially boys, may feel obliged or pressured to play a particular sport even if they have no talent or interest in it to the detriment of other talents that might have been developed.
“Athletics can be extremely beneficial to a young person’s life, but I think we have our priorities backwards,” Malone says. “Imagine how much better off our country might be if, instead of football, we were obsessed with our children’s performance in science and math.”
About Dr. Gary Malone, M.D. & Susan Mary Malone
Dr. Gary Malone is an Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Texas Southwestern and a teaching analyst at the Dallas Psychoanalytic Institute. He is a distinguished fellow in the American Psychiatric Association with board certifications in general and addiction psychiatry. He has worked in hospitals and private practices for more than 30 years. Dr. Malone is director of Adult Chemical Dependency Services at Millwood Hospital in Arlington, Texas.
Award-winning writer and editor Susan Mary Malone is the author of the novel, “By the Book,” and three nonfiction books, including “Five Keys for Understanding Men: A Women’s Guide.” More than 40 of the book projects she has edited were purchased by traditional publishing houses. She is Dr. Malone’s sister.
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Written by Office of the Governor of Iowa
Wednesday, 06 March 2013 12:55
wrestling in Olympics
(DES MOINES) – Gov. Terry E. Branstad today released a letter, co-signed by a bipartisan group of 33 governors, calling on the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to keep wrestling an Olympic sport. After asking Iowa’s congressional delegation to co-sign a letter to the Olympic committee, Branstad began focusing on bringing together governors in an effort to keep the great sport in the Olympics.
The letter, sent to International Olympic Committee Executive Board President Dr. Jacques Rogge, urges the committee to reconsider their recent decision to remove wrestling as an Olympic sport, effective in 2020.
“The Olympic Games are meant to provide a venue for people from all nations to overcome differences and forge lasting relationships and wrestling has contributed to these Olympic attributes,” the governors write. “We believe that renewing or renovating the Olympics should respect key Olympic traditions. We would also encourage a transparent voting system for future votes on which sports should be included as part of the Olympic Games. As public servants, we hold transparency as a sacred principle and we would encourage the IOC to abide by that same principle.”
The following is the full text of the letter, including the bipartisan list of governors who joined Gov. Branstad in signing on to the letter:
March 5, 2013
Dr. Jacques Rogge
President, International Olympic Committee (IOC) Executive Board
Château de Vidy
Case Postale 356 1001
Dear President Rogge:
As governors of states with rich wrestling traditions, we write to express our concerns regarding the recent decision by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to remove wrestling as an Olympic sport in the 2020 Olympic Games. We strongly urge the IOC to reconsider its position and vote to extend wrestling’s long legacy within the Olympic Games.
Wrestling was a key sport in ancient civilization and its inclusion in the Olympics has continued to enrich the ongoing Olympic tradition. Early Olympic organizers recognized wrestling’s unique and global importance by including the sport in the 1896 Olympic Games held in Athens. Wrestling has been a key part of the Olympic movement ever since.
The same spirit of competition that drove ancient wrestlers has transcended generations, and our states are the beneficiaries of this spirit. Wrestling accelerates character building. At its core, wrestling is an instinct and embodies the human qualities of hard work, discipline, and perseverance. Dan Gable, an Olympic gold medalist and former US Olympic wrestling coach, succinctly summarized wrestling’s character building characteristics when he stated, “Once you've wrestled, everything else in life is easy.”
Wrestling’s positive impact goes beyond our states and the United States of America. Forms of wrestling have been important parts of cultures worldwide, including China, Ukraine, Japan, Russia, Turkey, and many other countries. Soviet and Russian wrestlers have won 77 gold medals at past Olympic Games. Moreover, wrestling federations exist in approximately 180 countries and the recent London Olympic Games had wrestlers from over 70 countries.
The Olympic Games are meant to provide a venue for people from all nations to overcome differences and forge lasting relationships and wrestling has contributed to these Olympic attributes. We believe that renewing or renovating the Olympics should respect key Olympic traditions. We would also encourage a transparent voting system for future votes on which sports should be included as part of the Olympic Games. As public servants, we hold transparency as a sacred principle and we would encourage the IOC to abide by that same principle.
We encourage your prompt reconsideration of your decision regarding wrestling. We hope that wrestling will continue to be an important part of the Olympic tradition.
Sean Parnell, Governor of Alaska
Terry E. Branstad,Governor of Iowa
Robert Bentley, Governor of Alabama
Mike Beebe, Governor of Arkansas
John Hickenlooper, Governor of Colorado
Dannel P. Malloy, Governor of Connecticut
Jack Markell, Governor of Delaware
Nathan Deal, Governor of Georgia
Pat Quinn, Governor of Illinois
Sam Brownback, Governor of Kansas
Bobby Jindal, Governor of Louisiana
Martin O’Malley, Governor of Maryland
Paul LePage, Governor of Maine
Rick Snyder, Governor of Michigan
Mark Dayton, Governor of Minnesota
Dave Heineman, Governor of Nebraska
Steve Bullock, Governor of Montana
Brian Sandoval, Governor of Nevada
Maggie Hassan, Governor of New Hampshire
Chris Christie, Governor of New Jersey
Pat McCrory, Governor of North Carolina
John Kasich, Governor of Ohio
Mary Fallin, Governor of Oklahoma
John Kitzhaber, M.D., Governor of Oregon
Tom Corbett, Governor of Pennsylvania
Alejandro García Padilla, Governor of Puerto Rico
Lincoln Chafee, Governor of Rhode Island
Dennis Daugaard, Governor of South Dakota
Bill Haslam, Governor of Tennessee
Gary Herbert, Governor of Utah
Peter Shumlin, Governor of Vermont
Scott Walker, Governor of Wisconsin
Matt Mead, Governor of Wyoming
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Written by Davenport Parks & Recreation
Friday, 01 March 2013 14:54
CAMPS FOR KIDS!
Spend Your Spring Break With Us!!!!
With school out days and Spring break days off from school, we have you taken care of!! With multiple locations including Collins House, Roosevelt Center, Nighswander Theatre and of course the Rivers Edge, you can't go wrong. Click here to register today!!
Junior Theater Spring Break Camp (Age6-13): March 18 - 22
Students adventure throughout Davenport Junior Theatre, exploring acting, improvisation, lights, sound, make-up, the life of a professional actor and more. Students also collaborate on the creation of their very own script! Our camp theme is Aesop's Fables. Everything ends with a performance for family and friends on Friday afternoon at 4:00 PM. Join the adventure!
Camp begins Monday, March 18
Students should arrive 10 minutes early
Early Drop Off 7:30am - 8:30am / Late Pick-Up 4:00pm - 5:30pm : Additional $25 Fee
Guardian must fill out Medical Release Form first day
Students must be signed in and out by guardian
Any student missing more than one day may not be included in showcase
Free Showcase will be Friday, March 22 from @ 4:00pm (parents & friends welcome)
FRIDAY NIGHT OUT WITH PARKS AND RECREATION!
Family Friday Night, March 1: Spring Surprises
Come Join Davenport Parks and Recreation from 6 PM- 9 PM at Vander Veer Botanical Park Conservatory to take in the beauty of spring. Plant up a spring plant for additional $3, can pay on site. There will be pizza available for $2.50 a person which will include two slices of pizza and lemonade.
Family Movie Night, March 8: "Spiderwick Chronicles"
"Spiderwick Chronicles" Rated PG : 6:00 - 9:00 PM : Davenport Junior Theatre is thrilled to host a Movie Night as part of the Family Friday Nights Series. On the second Friday of each month, your family can join us for pizza, lemonade, and a movie in our very own Nighswander Theatre! Best of all, it is only $2.50 per person if you register early!
All Ages / $2.50 per person if you register in advance, $4.00 per person at door
Includes 2 slices of pizza and lemonade for each family member
Popcorn sold at theatre for $1.00 per bag
Located at Annie Wittenmyer Complex, Davenport Junior Theatre.
Friday Night Jam/Family Friday Nights at Roosevelt
Come on out to Roosevelt Community Center for our Friday Night Jam!! Series. On the Fourth Friday of each month (Sept - March), your family can join us for pizza, lemonade, board games, karaoke, and Wii games! New this winter, people attending Friday Night Jam will have the choice of participating in BINGO or an UNO Tournament on alternating months. Please bring a piece of fruit or candy bar for prizes.
6:00 - 9:00 pm (must arrive by 6:30 pm to order dinner)
All Ages!!! $2.50/person in advance, $4 at the door or $10/family!
Includes 2 slices of pizza and lemonade for each person.
Click here to pre-register for any Family Friday Night.
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Written by Rep. Mike Smiddy
Thursday, 28 February 2013 09:55
PORT BYRON, IL – A proposal by state Rep. Mike Smiddy (D-Hillsdale) would constitutionally protect the rights of Illinois citizens to hunt and fish.
Smiddy recently introduced House Joint Resolution Constitutional Amendment 24 to amend the Bill of Rights of the Illinois Constitution to include the citizens’ rights to hunt and fish. If approved by both chambers of the legislature, Smiddy’s proposal will be presented for voters’ approval on the next general election ballot.
“Hunting and fishing is a time-honored tradition and a basic right of every Illinoisan,” said Smiddy. “Protecting this right in the state constitution recognizes the importance of hunting to our heritage and ensures that our children and grandchildren can continue this tradition.”
Currently, 17 states include constitutional protections of hunting and fishing, of which 16 were voter-approved ballot referendums. Two additional states guarantee the right to fish only, and several other states are considering similar legislation.
“The public overwhelmingly recognizes our inherent right to hunt,” Smiddy. “As gun control legislation is debated in the Illinois legislature and anti-gun advocates try to limit our access to firearms, we have to be proactive to protect every aspect of our right to bear arms.”
For more information or to RSVP, contact Smiddy’s constituent services office at
, (309) 848-9098, or toll-free at (855) 243-4988.