"Adults and Children in Organized Youth Sports: Who Wins, Who Loses?" will be explored by Bob Bigelow at the November 17, 2011 Heard in Rye Speaker Series lecture. The lecture will be held in the Rye Middle School Multipurpose Room, located at 3 Parsons Street in Rye, starting at 7:30 pm. Admission is free.
Bob is a four-year NBA player and first round draft choice who explains that, although he graduated high school as one of the top fifty basketball players in the country, he rarely participated in organized youth sports during his childhood in the 1950's and 1960's. Bob now counsels adults on how to keep their youth sports involvement in perspective while enriching their children's experiences, and has led over 1,000 presentations throughout North America, including one in Rye several years ago. His lecture will prompt parents to think about why their kids play sports, and understand what their own motivations are for being involved.
At 6:00 p.m. on November 17, just prior to his Heard in Rye presentation, Bob will lead a free Coaches Clinic in the Rye Middle School gym for 3rd-8th grade basketball coaches, sponsored by Heard in Rye and the Rye Youth Council. All coaches interested in attending must register by emailing their name, grade(s) that they coach, and name of the program that they coach for to email@example.com.
Bob is co-author of the book, Just Let the Kids Play, which focuses on the systemic problems of organized youth sports and the reforms for better changes. He has also been featured in a number of media outlets, including Sports Illustrated, The Boston Globe, The New York Times, WEEI-AM Radio, The Philadelphia Inquirer, WFAN-AM Radio, and Toronto Sun. Copies of Bob's coaching DVDs will be sold at the clinic, and Just Let the Kids Play will be available at both events with a portion of the proceeds going to Heard in Rye.