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The "Truth" to Inner City Sports

Updated on November 5, 2014

Inner City Sports

As a parent, it is difficult to travel to sporting events with your child, admiring how their programs are ran. You become envious and even angered by the quality of programs offered to other areas.

Why does this happen in every inner city neighborhood? The programs are lacking in structure, organization, professionalism, and etc. You continue to want the best for your child, but instead, you're give mediocre substitutes. Your only out is to leave the area in which you live to provide a better program for your child. Why should you have to do this in order to seek out a better quality of support for your child.

Is it at all actual that this move will provide you with what you need? No, it won't. When you move to seek out a better program, you run in to "politics" of the game. You have to battle for position, in order to gain a chance at success for your kid.

What you don't know is that there are systems in place already, and most of these teams have been together over the years, have participated in AAU (Amateur Authorization Union) programs, have been playing for quite sometime, and the parents are well united. Now you have left chaos to well structured, but unable to penetrate. You might have a chance if your child is extraordinarily gifted, but if not, good luck!!

With inner city sports, it can be quite successful, but people and programs in the area are unable to focus and work together for the same purpose. The schools have so much talent, but they are suffering academically. When they finish high school, they may be extreme athletes, but they are unable to make it academically in college. It is no fault of their own, it is the structure that is provided in the school system.

As a parent, I recently experienced this with my daughter. She applied to a university of her choice, but was unable to get in because of test score on the ACT test. She was also an outstanding athlete in volleyball, but due to the lack luster program at her high school, missed out on any chances of scholarships.

What can you do as a parent? Get involved, start demanding a better education and grade point average for participation. Question the school, teachers, and etc. about what is available for your children. Be willing to attend school board meetings, representing your child's school for support. Volunteer at the school, showing your face as much as possible. Attend the sporting events and hold coaches accountable. Change does not come by sitting back, allowing it to happen, or even running to a different area. Moving does not eliminate your problem, it just takes you to a new one.


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