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Parental Involvement In Sports
By Kevin Devlin
     Those who are actively involved in South Boston sports programs have always been proud of the degree of parental involvement. Many parents go to their children’s games to watch them compete and cheer them on. Many go and simply love it, because they know that keeping their child busy is of paramount importance. They know that keeping them active is good for their physical as well as psychological health.  And they are right.

     But, even though the level of parental involvement is good, it seems to me that even more parents should be attending these games, or at least some of the athletic events their children are involved in. Based on my observations, it’s always the same parents, game after game, over at Moakley Park, up at the local gyms, or down at the Murphy Rink.

     I know people are busy with hectic schedules, and have part-time jobs in addition to their full-time occupations, that keep them away from sporting events.

     But, as they say, life is too short. Take a little time to relax and just watch your son or daughter compete. Find the time. It will be time spent, and I guarantee you won’t regret it.

Local lifelong resident Barbara (Caputo) Kelly goes to many of her children’s hoop, baseball and hockey games.  She wishes that more parents could be attending them and applauding the efforts of their children. 

     “The Gate of Heaven gym should be packed every Saturday during the winter basketball season,” said Kelly. “There are games every Saturday from early morning until early evening, and I just think more parents should be there cheering on their kids. It’s a lot of fun and the kids need that support from their parents. And that counts for all other events in Southie, parents need to be there and spend the time watching their kids compete.”



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