Do Youth Sports Build Character or Just a Competitive, Do-Anything-to-Win Nature?

Dr. Jay Coakley, Richard Robbins, & Ann Hulbert

Steroid use, gambling on games, animal abuse, cheating, lying, adultery, assault and regular episodes of bad behavior by athletes has become a cliche. In the wake of sports scandal after sports scandal, is the notion that sports builds character simply a suburban myth? This segment brings together a distinguished panel to separate the fiction from the reality of youth sports.
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May 8, 2009
Episode Guests
Jay Coakley is the author of Sports in Society: Issues and Controversies, a widely used text in the sociology of sport. Ann Hulbert, is author of Raising America: Experts, Parents, & a Century of Advice About Children. Ann is also a book editor at Slate, the online magazine, where over the years she has written a column, focused mostly on child- and parent-related issues. Richard Robbins founded and operated multiple successful online businesses, including, and he has participated in varsity sports in high school, including football, wrestling, baseball, and track and field.
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