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Brad Stevens: Playing Muliple Sports Leads To Better Athletes

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Brad Stevens (@BCCoachStevens), is the President of Basketball Operations for the Boston Celtics (@Celtics) and a PCA National Advisory Board Member. Stevens was the Head Coach of the Celtics until 2021. Stevens is most famous for his calm coaching style and demeanor on the sidelines. He is known for getting the most out of his players and led the Celtics to multiple Eastern Conference Finals appearances as the coach. Before joining the Celtics, Stevens rose to prominence as coach of the Butler University basketball team that he led to consecutive NCAA title game appearances.

In this video, Stevens explains that sport specialization in young athletes hinders their athletic development. He strongly believes that athletes should play as many sports as they can for as long as possible. Although some succeed with early specialization, Stevens says he he has seen it cause too many young athletes to burn out.

The benefits of remaining a multiple-sport athlete include stoking passion for play and competition that keeps kids hooked on sports, so they maintain healthy lifestyles and take all the personal growth and development opportunities available through sports. Stevens also appreciates the diversity of experience a multi-sport athlete gains by having a wider variety of teammates.