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Learning to play for the love of the game [Commentary]
Learning to play for the love of the game [Commentary]

Many of us who love sports (and I'll assume if you're reading this you have more than a passing interest) came to our passion because of the nurturing interest of a parent, sibling, relative, friend or coach. For those of us growing up in the post-World War II era, when collective national pride and energy, coupled with the rise of television, fueled the sports boom which remains transcendent today, the back yard and the street, the school playground and the proverbial sandlot or, in my case, the nearby apple orchard, served as a sort of sports proving ground. I don't think much of this has changed. True, the equipment is better, as are the facilities. There's more...