Actually, this is the best student athlete story you need to know. Reggie Ho.

Reggie Ho is a great student athlete role model. What sport he played isn’t as important as what he brought to the game and to his studies. A tireless work ethic combined with perseverance allowed him to achieve two of his dreams: playing for Notre Dame and becoming a surgeon. Ho was featured in a Read more…

Your daughter needs to know Jen Welter.

Jen Welter is a game changer. As the first woman to coach an NFL team as an assistant coaching intern for the Arizona Cardinals, Jen Welter changed history. Since then, she’s created Grrrid Iron Girls Flag Football camp for girls ages 6-18 (the next one is in Boston on November 18) and published a new Read more…

How to get on a college sports team – file this one under things I must remember!

Odds are if you read my blog your kid plays sports and you’ve been dreaming of a big fat scholarship. But first you have to figure out how to get them on a college sports team. I’ve spoken with college coaches and parents across different sports and here’s a great tip that everyone should know Read more…

Learn which sports help kids focus, cooperate and more.

If you’ve ever wondered if there are specific benefits from playing specific sports, we’ve got you covered. Kids are different, yet sports helps bring them together while also working on developing lifelong skills that are necessary to make it through school. From focus and concentration to teamwork and cooperation, sports help develop skills that help Read more…

Special needs Fall 2017 sports programs. We’ve done the legwork so you can get your kid in the game!

Special needs Fall 2017 sports programs on Long Island are starting soon or have begun! Studies show that special needs kids benefit from exercise, as do the rest of us! Fortunately, here on Long Island there are many programs to choose from including Be the Best Sport, Challenger and the Special Needs unit of the Read more…

2017 Project Play Summit – a call to action for parents and youth sports organizations

We’ve been following the Aspen Institute’s Project Play Summit.  For those that aren’t familiar with the organization, the Aspen Institute is a nonpartisan forum for values-based leadership and the exchange of ideas. Yesterday, the institute hosted the 2017 Project Play Summit where leaders in the health and sports industries got together to try to address the Read more…

Flag Football – Seriously Safe, Seriously Fun here on Long Island!

Is flag football a safe alternative to tackle football?  We’ve heard about concussions and snarky comments about parents that let their kids play America’s favorite game. So we decided to take a look at Flag Football, read its rules and decide for ourselves. Below is what we found…. Is Flag Football safe? YES! The NFL Flag Read more…

Does Jim Harbaugh have a point about kids playing soccer before football?

Jim Harbaugh, in an article featured in the Wall Street Journal last week, was quoted saying that kids should start with soccer and end with football: “I always encourage youngsters in America to play soccer. I think every American boy should play soccer till the eighth grade, then they should play football – American football” Is Read more…

Football Camps & Clinics – it’s not too early, or late, to get ready for Fall!

Fall football is quickly approaching! Camps and clinics are the best way for kids that want to play a sport to quickly gain skills through a compressed schedule, or be prepared and fit before school try outs.  Check out this list for programs geared toward football athletes that will keep your child fit and ready Read more…

Special Needs Sports options are still open this spring!

Special needs sports programs are still an option this spring on Long Island. From basketball to karate and lacrosse, the Nassau PAL and Be the Best Sport organizations offer many options. Special needs sports programs are often based on specific needs, so be sure to ask for more details about a particular program in order to Read more…

Sportsmanship for winners and losers. The key to being a great sport

Sportsmanship was tested at a recent game.  It wasn’t the type that would make youtube or gain national coverage but odds are it’s happening at games across the country. It was a close game, with just two baskets between winner and loser.  As is usually the custom, the players lined up to shake hands afterwards Read more…

10 Tips to Get on the Coach’s Good Side

Follow these guidelines to get and stay on the coach’s good side…. 1. EMAILS: Read them.  Respond promptly, or within 24 hours.  Your team needs to know your availability and your commitment.  So if they don’t hear from you, they can’t plan around you being there. 2. DO WHAT YOU SAY YOU’RE GOING TO DO: Read more…