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College Sports: Recruitment

Do you remember middle school athletics?  Everyone received equal playing time and it wasn’t necessarily about who won the game, but that all of the little athletes had fun.  Do you remember thinking that high school athletics were going to be scary and rough?  Well, it looks like you survived and now it’s time to prepare for the collegiate level. Unlike middle and high school sports, playing at the collegiate level is a whole new ball game – literally.  There are rules for just about everything including when a coach can even speak with a recruit!  You have to have a specified grade point average, a certain SAT or ACT score, and there are even a certain number of classes…

From JV to CEO

So you know those big shots that play golf all day and have the cool offices with the fantastic views?  You know the guys that make decisions that could change the whole world and the way we socialize, shop, communicate, or even live?  Believe it or not, a lot of them were once in your shoes.  Here are a few fun facts about some of the worlds’ most famous and successful CEOs who were once high school athletes with big dreams. Samuel J. Palimasono – CEO of IBM: He never missed a single practice when he played high school football.  He played an offensive center and eventually played the same position at John Hopkins.  It’s rumored that he also likes…

You are what you eat

What’s your dream car?  Everyone has one!  Maybe it’s a bright red convertible that you can zip up and down the highway in with your hair blowing in the breeze.  If that’s not really your style, then maybe it’s a black motorcycle with wheels so silver you can see your reflection in them.  Wouldn’t it be awesome if one day after school you came home and your dream car was parked outside your home with a giant bow just for you?  You’d probably spend countless hours cleaning and waxing your new ride to make sure it looks good on the road.  You would never dream of putting oil in the gas tank or gasoline where windshield wiper fluid should go. …

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Wasn’t it great not having to go to school yesterday?  Don’t you wish we had every Monday off to recuperate from the weekend?  Well, I’m sorry to tell you, but yesterday wasn’t just another Monday off from school.  It was a day to serve your community and remember a man named Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Believe it or not, there was once a time when this country had silly laws prohibiting some of its citizens from daily activities that we take advantage of today.  Imagine if you wanted to go see the latest movie with a friend, but you couldn’t sit together because your skin tones were different.  Imagine if you couldn’t go to the college or university you…

Sports FAN-atics!

Sports FAN-atics!

Some would say that Baton Rouge is Tiger Country, but others say the whole state is on the Purple and Gold bandwagon.  Most of us wear purple and gold and aren’t afraid to shout “Tiger Bait!” at anyone cheering for our team’s opponents.  There’s always that fan that dyes his hair purple hoping to land a camera close up on ESPN or the group of girls waving posters that took hours to make.  No matter if you’re a fair-weather fan or a die hard, tiger growling, fight song humming, stat spitting LSU fan, last night’s BCS bowl game was not the way our Tiger football season was supposed to end. Sure, some of us at home thought we could’ve saved…

Serving up Holiday Spirit

‘Twas the holiday season and all through the land folks were smiling and hugging and lending a hand. Turkeys were roasted and toasted with care and the trees looked majestic decked out in bright flair. Everyone knows that this time each year, we gather around in our red and green gear.  We give thanks and say grace but as is often the case, we tend to forget those needing a warm embrace. Who are these people and what do they do and how do they affect both me and you?  They are the hungry, the sick, and those in need.  Give them your time, do a good deed.  All year round the LHSAA agrees, that helping others is the best…

Holiday Workout Plans

Holiday Workout Plans

We’re all filled with holiday cheer this time of year.  While there may be a few Grinches out there, for most of us this is a happy time full of parties, desserts, and a well deserved break from school.  You probably have big plans to plop on the couch with a plate of chocolate chip cookies and a glass of milk or maybe gingerbread men and eggnog. Whatever your favorite holiday treat is, did you know that Americans consume more calories during November and December than any other time of the year?  We don’t mean to be the bearers of bad news, but sadly it’s true.  And we all know what calories and couch potatoes lead to – a very…

Sports Facts

Here are some more random facts about sports… 1. In 1904, the Olympics was held in St. Louis, Missouri. It was the first time the games were held in the United States 2. The word “checkmate” in chess comes from the Persian phrase “Shah Mat” meaning the king is dead! 3. Gatorade was named for the University of Florida Gators where the drink was developed. 4. Instead of trophies, the ancient Greeks awarded celery to winners of sporting events. 5. Sumo Wrestling is the national sport of Japan. 6. Fidel Castro was once a star baseball player for the University of Havana. 7. July 31 was declared a national holiday in Uruguay after they won the inaugural World Cup in…

The Importance of Stretching

The Importance of Stretching

There’s a chill in the air here in Louisiana (well in some parts at least) and the holiday season is just around the corner.  For some athletes, their season is coming to an end and for others the fun is just beginning.  However, did you know with the cooler weather, it’s more important than ever to make sure you get in a good stretch before starting your workouts or heading into battle against your opponent? Doing stretches before and after physical activity is very important for your body.  Stretching before starting your workouts releases a lubricant from your cartilage that helps the motion of muscles.  It also prevents bones from scraping against one another in the joints.  Stretching helps prevent…

Athletes vs. Non-Athletes: Some of the benefits of playing sports

There are some obvious perks about playing sports in high school.  After a great game Friday night, your status in the school halls can skyrocket you to superstar status by Monday morning.  You occasionally get to miss that dreadful last period class to go across town to beat up on your opponent.  And last but certainly not least, thanks to all of those push-ups, crunches, and laps around the track, you’ve got a figure that’s out of this world and you’re always ready for beach season.   These are just some of the benefits that come with being an athlete, but did you know that psychologists, doctors, and tons of other smarty pants have actually gotten together to figure out just…

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