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 RobbinsSports.com, and he has participated in varsity sports in high school, including football, wrestling, baseball, and track and field.
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