Check out the above video. The video itself is pretty long (about 90 minutes) but the section I’d want players, coaches, and parents to see is at the 8:16 mark on the video. If you don’t have the time to watch all 90 minutes I highly recommend checking out the one section when Mr. Pausch speaks about playing youth football. It is probably the single best explanation of why we want children to play youth sports in the first place.
To give you a little background on the lecture: Randy Pausch was a professor at Carnegie Mellon University and he gave what is known as The Last Lecture. It is a tradition at Carnegie Mellon for professors who are retiring from the university to do one big hurrah of a lecture. The truly moving part about this lecture was that Mr. Pausch was not retiring. He had about six cancerous tumors on his liver with a life expectancy of a couple of months. His lecture focused on one overarching topic: How to achieve your childhood dreams.
While Mr. Pausch is no longer with us this, his Last Lecture has been viewed nearly 12 million times on youtube. I cannot recommend viewing this enough as it is one of the best speeches I have ever heard. I hope you all enjoy it as much as I have.
“Sport is where an entire life can be compressed into a few hours, where the emotions of a lifetime can be felt on an acre or two of ground, where a person can suffer and die and rise again on six miles of trails through a New York City park. Sport is a theater where sinner can turn saint and a common man become an uncommon hero, where the past and the future can fuse with the present. Sport is singularly able to give us peak experiences where we feel completely one with the world and transcend all conflicts as we finally become our own potential.” ~ George A. Sheehan