Author describes youth athletics in the U.S. listen05/16/08 Mitch E. Perry
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Youth sports in 2008 are quite difference than in yesteryear. In a new book written by ESPN correspondent Tom Farrey, Game On: The All American Race to Make Champions of Our Children, Farrey writes about the lives of child athletes and the consequences of sorting the strong from the weak at ever earlier ages; fewer active kids, testier sidelines, rising obesity rates, and U.S. national teams that rarely win world titles.
Farrey begins his book by writing about the amazing phenon that is Tiger Woods. How Woods was trained beginning as a 1 year old, by which time his father, Earl had already given him a metal putter.
Years ago, Earl Woods wrote a book on how he trained Tiger Woods. That book, and the life of Earl and Tiger Woods, has become a primer for parents who have dreams that their own kin can become potential superstars.
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