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The Suspension Of Disbelief And Athletic Scholarships

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Keith Van Horn (@Coach_Keith44) played in the NBA for 10 years, participating in two NBA Finals and finishing his career with an average of nearly 16 points and seven rebounds per game. Earlier, he was a Consensus First Team All-America and 1997 ESPN National Performer of the Year at University of Utah.

Keith, a member of PCA's National Advisory Board, currently serves as Executive Director for Colorado Premier Basketball Club, which he founded based on many PCA principles.  Keith is passionate about improving our youth sports culture and writes about his experiences and opinions in his blog, Layups and Rebounds. The following summarizes one of Keith's posts.

Fictional books and movies (if done well) can often convince us to 'suspend disbelief' if only for a brief moment in time, so that we can believe and live in that alternative reality. This same suspension of disbelief happens for youth sports parents, particularly as related to their views of their children's potential to gain a college sports scholarship.

However, if youth sports parents, coaches and organizational leaders base their decisions and actions on logic and facts, then they could all move toward a youth sports environment that provides children with what they actually need, which is not the nearly empty promise of an athletic scholarship, achieved by less than 1% of youth sports participants.

To read more on Keith Van Horn's blog Layups and Rebounds, click the link below.


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