Before you laugh or feel sorry for the little guy taking a whooping, you should know that only a few short years ago he was on his way towards a lifestyle which no parent wants for their child. Blake is my cousin, and as he was growing up in Glace Bay, Nova Scotia, he and his friends were introduced to alcohol, drugs, crime and sex before they were even teens. Now the small fishing and mining community is losing the battle against unemployment, and the youth who are heading down hill quickly.
Fortunately for Blake, and his parents, a wonderful opportunity opened itself to their family and they now live in Fort McMurray, Alberta and are enjoying a much more balanced life. Good employment for the whole family, a nice home, time and financial prosperity has introduced itself through hard work, however what has made the biggest difference is that Blake has found a sport that teaches him discipline from all angles. Boxing is a tough sport, there is no denying, and if you were to ask me what I think of two guys in a ring swinging at each other, I would tell you that I dislike the actual event for numerous reasons…
However, what boxing offers youth like Blake is wonderful. Fitness, leadership, commitment, dedication, time management, and so on. We have all noticed a big change in Blake over the past two years as he has become more and more interested in the sport, but more importantly, more interested in the lifestyle that is required of him in order to be competitive in the sport. Blake is interested in quality nutrition, he is able to hold a part time job, does well in school and spends quality time with friends and family, all while participating in a tough training regime that his coaches have laid out for him.
When people look at what a sport costs, they may be worried about the short term struggle, but when they look at the long term, the investment is priceless. I am very proud of my little cousin, and I am happy that his parents have encouraged him to find a sport that he loves. Let’s hope that while Blake increases in age, that he maintains the integrity that his parents and coaches want from him.
Wether it is boxing, hockey, tennis, cross country running or chess, involve your children in an activity where they can surround themselves with like-minded people who care for them and who encourage them to become better people. In my case, sport and fitness has done just that, which is why I love to talk about my profession so much.
I would love to hear similar stories such as this one. Please feel free to send your success story and I will post it as a guest entry.