Sports shape young people, build community

Over the next few weeks, students across the region will return to math classes and biology laboratories. But education is more than what is learned in the classroom.

Education is a supervised experience in which young people learn how to socialize, deal with conflict, work together for common goals and so much more.

They learn to overcome adversity and live with disappointment.

They learn to celebrate skill and work through deficiencies.

They also learn how to participate in a community and interact with people with whom they may disagree from time to time.

In other words, they learn how to become productive citizens.

Participation in high school sports and other extracurricular activities provides the perfect training ground.

It’s just as important for communities to show their pride in the young people who represent them. There is a lot of science that supports community connection as a benefit for young people. Regardless of whether you have children, it is important to show your support.

Being celebrated in athletics and extracurricular activities are just some of the ways good behavior is reinforced for young people.

Sports — and music, theater, debate, robotics, etc. — help teach students skills that will contribute to their future success.

As another school year begins, let’s be sure to show up to support young people and encourage their development.

Sports — and other extracurricular activities — will shape them for a lifetime.

So will our support.