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Sports Parents Teaching Through Love Of The Sport

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In contrast to youth athletes who are so often pushed into sports by their parents, Former Stanford University Gymnast Shelly Goldberg faced the opposite situation. As a child, she was so motivated to compete that she held a bake sale and raised $75 toward her travel from Wisconsin to Florida for a meet. That demonstration of ""skin in the game"" convinced her parents to foot the rest of the bill!

Goldberg's story illustrates her love of sport from a young age, which is a great value and necessary to both competitive success and personal development and fulfillment. Goldberg's parents brilliantly used sports to teach life lessons in this case, helping Goldberg understand the many different types of sacrifice that may be required to succeed in sports and in life.