Some Heaven on Earth

There are many media stories on homeschoolers’ sports.  Not just the stories about Tebow Bills, but rather the success of various private and successful associations.  There were two reports on a Florida meet that I enjoyed reading.

From the Sun-Sentinel:

Saints youths enjoy a little bit of heaven on earth

Mae Li Wilcox is legally blind, but that hasn’t stopped her from participating in the Christian Homeschool Athletic Association Saints program.

Wilcox, 7, of Dania Beach, was among an estimated 1,300 youths from Broward and Palm Beach counties who recently participated in the annual Saints International Track and Field meet at Tradewinds Park in Coconut Creek.

“Saints is super cool,” said Wilcox, who was born with albinism, which affects her vision and her skin. She said her association with the organization is a blessing. “I love it. I love doing sports.”

There’s more in the article from the children participating in this positive event.  Reading these articles reminded me of sports jamborees we used to participate in as kids.  These were sponsored by a local charitable group and had nothing to do with the public school.  Times have changed. Excepting YMCA and park district programs for younger children, along with elite sports groups, the public schools and their affiliates ‘own’ competitive youth sports for teens.

It’s too bad, in many ways.

Life is short and if you’re looking for extension, you had best do well. ‘Cause there’s good deeds and then there’s good intentions. They are as far apart as Heaven and Hell. ~ Ben Harper

Here’s an excerpt from the second Sun-Sentinel article on the Saints International Track and Field meet.

Palm home-schooled athletes on the fast track to fun

By Gary Curreri

During the meet, the youths took part in 10 challenges: the long jump, 50-yard hurdles, 100-yard hurdles, 50-yard dash, 100-yard dash, standing broad jump, softball throw, shot put, discus and one-mile run.

Rick Andreassen, the Saints’ founder and athletic director, also put together a diaper dash, toddler trot and pre-kindergarten quick kick for ages 1-4.

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