Keeping Campers and Staff as Safe as Possible.

Dear Friends,I have started and stopped this newsletter what seems like 1000 times in the last month. But, then I saw this article announcing that 15,000 athletes and their families from 34 states will be converging in Florida for a mega AAU volleyball tournament in mid June. Here, I’ve spent the better part of most days over the past 10 weeks thinking about how to safely “dip our toe in the water” of youth sports, when a tsunami comes and potentially washes all …

Everyone should be “Missing” High School Sports

As so many teenagers around the country are literally and figuratively “missing” their high school sports season, I sadly share this post from earlier this school year as I think there should be a lot more kids who have the luxury of missing such and important part of a youngsters life. Dear Friends in 2-4-1 –My good friend Jeff Billing was the rare two-sport college athlete. He ran cross country and pitched for the baseball team at the Massachusetts Institute …

Is Waving Making a Comeback?

In the fall of 2014, I wrote the following piece that received lots of affirmative feedback. I am reposting here with a bit of a smile on my face. If there has been a silver lining in our current crisis, it is that “waving” seems to be making a significant comeback! Now – the question is – can we keep it that way when we get back to “normal”? There’s irony in the fact that as I write this, I …

Direction is More Important than Speed.

(Written originally in June, 2017 – this post resonates now as much as ever – and our direction remains clearly in the right direction!) It’s been over a decade since the local travel soccer coach told my then 9 year old daughter that she was no longer his “number 1 prospect” – in fact, she wasn’t even welcome on the team.  This – because he learned she was also interested in playing lacrosse.  “Life’s 2 Short 4 Just 1 Sport” was …

It’s Like Riding a Bike

(Each day we’re taking past newsletters and adding them to the 2-4-1 Blog Enjoy today’s piece from this time two years ago where we took a deeper dive into the concept of physical literacy development – in action.) “It’s like riding a bike.”We’ve all heard that phrase hundreds of times and of course refers to the fact that once we learn something – we can forever do it. Many of you reading this in fact, may have not been on a …

Parenting Never Stops….

Is it just me, or does it seem that there is a direct correlation between how fast time flies and our own age? I swear, the older I get, the more time flies!It’s nearly the middle of February in 2020 which officially means that we are now closer to 2050 than we are to 1990. Let that sink in for a second…or two.Perhaps I start with some commiseration about time flying because of just how whirlwind – and quite frankly eventful …

Everything I Need to Know, I Learned Through Sports

(This is being reposted from a 2020 New Year’s Message sent by Newsletter) Dear Friends, With 2020 upon us, I am reminded of the classic Robert Fulgham book “All I Really Need to Know, I learned in Kindergarten”.  Written in 1986, it would still be years until we were all joking about the fact that we were finally partying like it was 1999 – or the fears of Y2K were upon us (I believe I still have remnants of the adorable “survival …

The Value of Sports and Social Emotional Learning

Dear Friends,(As a bit of a disclaimer, please know that I started writing the following piece before the COVID-19 situation escalated as much as it has in recent days. In my last newsletter, I talked about how much my current work in China was impacting my colleagues around the world, but now that the Corona Virus has so clearly reached our shores and is impacting all of our lives, I believe the following is arguably even more relevant than I intended …