By Pat Kenny, M.A.
@morepatkenny November 18th, 2014
“Sport has the power to change the world, it has the power to inspire. It has the power to unite people in a way that little else does. It speaks to youth in a language they understand. Sport can create hope where once there was only despair.”
-Nelson Mandela-At the Challace J. McMillin Center for Sport Psychology, we believe that sport has tremendous potential to impact the world. Often, we see the negative impact that it can have; professional athletes fail to provide a good example, parents fight with coaches and one another, and steroids and other substances are abused. But that is only one side of the story.
When sport is done right, it can be truly special. Research repeatedly demonstrates that high school student athletes are less likely to drop out of school than their peers who do not participate in athletics. Youth sport provides an opportunity to exercise, develop healthy self-esteem, and make friends. Sports have been and will continue to be a big part of our society, so it is our responsibility to make them a positive contributor. At the Challace J. McMillin Center for Sport Psychology, we seek to create a more positive sport culture in the Shenandoah Valley, and serve as a model provider of sport psychology services.