It is immensely important to invest in the future. A true visionary keeps his mind on the past and present, but focuses his eyes on the uncharted horizon ahead. The children of today will be the leaders of tomorrow, and it is the obligation of the parents to instill them with the proper morals and values and mold them into successful, wholesome adults. A great way to approach this is through youth sports. Youth sports and club teams promote dedication and reward effort, while promoting sportsmanlike conduct, respect, and occasionally accepting hardships, acting as a microcosm of the “real world.” The Spencer Van Etten Youth Association is once such organization encouraging these ideals.
The Spencer Van Etten Youth Association (SVEYA) is a non-profit group operating in the Spencer Van Etten Central School District in Spencer, New York. It is an organization for adolescent athletes in the district participating in youth sports, giving them an opportunity to come together in a safe environment to grow their skills. Adherence to the mannerisms of good sportsmanship is binding. By the Code of Conduct, growth must be “nurtured in an environment that is free of confrontation, poor sportsmanship, verbal and physical abuse among spectators, players and officials.” Fair play is encouraged through integrity, and while competitive play is not discouraged, abuse is not tolerated under any circumstances and discipline is to be accepted without comment.
The most important real-world responsibility promoted by the SVEYA is control and maturity on social media off-the-field. Children young enough to be in Middle School have the capability of being on popular social media sites, such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, and may not yet have the full sense needed for knowing what to share and post, and when to stop. The net of sportsmanlike conduct within the Association is cast over social media as well, and no inflammatory or disparaging comments pertaining to anyone involved in the organization (be it a player, parent, board member, or coach) will be tolerated under any circumstance.
It is the duty of today’s parents and guardians to keep children maturing in a safe environment, for them to become fully-functioning, self-sufficient adults. To donate and help provide for these children’s futures, or for more information on the Code of Conduct from the Board of Directors, visit the Spencer Van Etten Youth Association’s website.