The Avon Lake Wrestling Club runs the youth wrestling program, supports the middle school and high school programs, and promotes the sport of wrestling in Avon Lake.
One of my friends asked “Why would you pay so much money for your kid to wrestle”? Well I have a confession to make; I don’t invest the money for my kid to wrestle.
So, if I am not paying for him to wrestle, what am I paying for?
- I pay for those moments when my son becomes so tired he wants to quit but doesn’t.
- I pay for those days when my son comes home from school and is “too tired or too sore” to go to practice but goes anyway.
- I pay for my son to learn to be disciplined, focused, and dedicated.
- I pay for my son to learn to take care of his body and his equipment.
- I pay for my son to learn to work with others and to be a good team mate, gracious in defeat, and humble in success.
- I pay for my son to learn to deal with disappointment, when he doesn’t get that win he’d hoped for, but he goes back week after week giving it his best shot.
- I pay for my son to learn to make and accomplish goals.
- I pay for my son to respect, not only himself, but other wrestlers, officials and coaches.
- I pay for my son to learn that it takes hours and hours, years and years, of hard work and practice to create a champion and that success does not happen overnight.
- I pay for my son to be proud of small achievements, and to work towards long term goals.
- I pay for the opportunity my son has and will have to make life-long friendships, create lifelong memories, to be as proud of their achievements as I am.
- I pay so that my son can be out on the mat instead of in front of a screen…
…I could go on but, to be short, I don’t pay for the matches; I pay for the opportunities that Wrestling provides my son with to develop attributes that will serve him well throughout his life and give him the opportunity to bless the lives of others. From what I have seen so far I think it is a great investment! (Borrowed and Adapted)