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AUG 2016

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August 2016 6 www.sportseventsmagazine.com Few moments in life can match the tsunami of emotion that washes over you when countless hours of trials and tears give birth to the sweet taste of victory. Having spent a majority of my lifetime covering sports and thriving in the athlet- ic atmosphere of carpe diem, I've come to realize the tightrope athletes and coaches must tiptoe to enjoy success on — as well as off — the field. When I've briefly left that invigorating environment where you search each day to find at least one way to improve your performance, I've felt lethargic if not downright lazy. That winner's mindset of driving yourself toward your limits can be an uplifting and addicting place to live. That's when life gets tricky. Obsession seldom breeds fulfillment. I spent nearly 10 years covering the beginning of Lance Armstrong's cycling career and watched his unmatched determination lift him to lofty heights. His coach, Chris Carmichael, offered insight into the essence of many who transcend to groundbreaking levels revealing an athlete like Armstrong doesn't think like you or I. Something deep inside fuels him and separates him from the rest of us. If someone acted so intensely in our everyday world, Carmichael said, we would say something is seriously wrong with him. We'd stay away. Years later, we all found out just how different Armstrong is. Just like life, sports can take us on a magical ride from the lowest of lows to the highest of highs. The fun factor in the games we play often elevate our elation. The opportunity to share that whirlwind of euphoria with a whole team of close friends and respected coaches rarely comes in everyday life. In our relentless quest to wring every drop out of each day, balance can be our savior. To hear that 70 percent of American kids quit playing organized sports by age 13 because "it's just not fun anymore" should startle everyone in athletics. That statistic, from a poll by the National Alliance for Youth Sports, should serve as a wake-up call to all of us why we lace up athletic shoes in the first place. It is not to win at all costs or to earn a college scholarship or even elevate to the professional ranks. No, we should play to grow … and grow to play. SportsEvents is published monthly by Covey Communications Corp., P.O. Box 2267, Gulf Shores, AL 36547. It is SportsEvents is published monthly by Covey Communications Corp., P.O. Box 2267, Gulf Shores, AL 36547. It is mailed under standard mail rates. POSTMASTER: CHANGE SERVICE REQUESTED TO SportsEvents Subscription mailed under standard mail rates. POSTMASTER: CHANGE SERVICE REQUESTED TO SportsEvents Subscription Office, P.O. Box 16868, North Hollywood, CA 91615. Editorial ideas and manuscripts are welcomed. However, all unsolicited manuscripts and photographs must be sent with return postage; otherwise SportsEvents cannot be all unsolicited manuscripts and photographs must be sent with return postage; otherwise SportsEvents cannot be responsible for returning them. Copyright 2016 by Covey Communications Corp. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or part without express written permission of the publisher is strictly forbidden. EXECUTIVE OFFICES 2001 West First Street Gulf Shores, AL 36542 (251) 968-5300 / Fax (251) 968-4532 102 South Tejon Street Suite 1100 Colorado Springs, CO 80903 (719) 644-7000 MAILING ADDRESS P. O. Box 2267 Gulf Shores, AL 36547 E-MAIL info@sportseventsmagazine.com WEBSITE www.sportseventsmagazine.com PUBLISHER J. Talty O'Connor EXECUTIVE EDITOR John Rezell DIRECTOR OF SALES Shellie Kichler MARKETING SERVICES Kelsey O'Connor MANAGER MARKETING & Kayla Head COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER DESIGN SERVICES Kelly Williams MANAGER MANAGER, TRAFFIC Stephanie Eckman & PROMOTIONS FINANCE MANAGER Mandi Morrison CIRCULATION MANAGER Ashley Brokowsky CONTRIBUTING EDITORS Marcia Bradford Tammy Leytham Janis Helton Michelle Ryan Paige Townley T. Wayne Waters EDITORIAL Jon Butler, ADVISORY BOARD Pop Warner Little Scholars Sally Johnson, National Council of Youth Sports Jamie Adams, National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Alicia McConnell, U.S. Olympic Committee James Parker, Amateur Athletic Union Don Ruedlinger, Youth Basketball of America Jon Schmieder, CSEE Huddle Up Group LETTERS LETTERS FROM THE SANDBOX Sports Can Take Us On A Magical Ride Raz aka John Rezell Executive Editor CORRECTION: In July's issue, the headline on page 20 should have read "Veterans Park And Athletic Complex." We apologize for the error.

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