Millions of parents sign up their kids to play organized sports each year with the intent that the experience will be both positive and enriching, on and off the field, for their family. Too often, this ideal fails to materialize, much to the frustration of everyone.
Based on experiences with thousands of families, José will show you the true value of sports in the lives of children and provide specific steps you can take to enrich your relationship with your son or daughter.
José Rijo-Berger is president of Rijo Athletics in Woodinville, Washing- ton, a former professional baseball player with the New York Mets, and a current scout for the St. Louis Cardinals. In 1999 he pursued his dream to start a baseball and softball training facility which today serves thou- sands of students annually and produces more collegiate and professional ballplayers than any other program in the region.
The summer after my senior year in high school, I was at a party north of Seattle where a fight broke out. This wasn’t a Friday-night brawl between two kids who’d had a beer too many. It was a confrontation between gang members. Angry, intimidating, destructive young men with guns. I was one of them.