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For years, Cole Anthony was billed as The One. The latest, after a hiatus, in a long list of elite New York City point guards. He had the pedigree and the support system in place. He had the inner drive and needed athletic gifts.

Tuesday morning, he took a major step toward reaching the incredibly high expectations that have been set for him, announcing his commitment to North Carolina and coach Roy Williams, joining a select club of local stars who were good enough to land a scholarship to wear the powder blue of the powerhouse ACC school.

“I always wanted to play on the highest level,” the 6-foot-3 Anthony, the son of former Knicks guard and NBA broadcaster Greg Anthony, told The Post. “They have a winning culture, and I want to be a part of it.”

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We live in a world where nearly every parent encourages their children to get good grades in school. Not only that, there might even be the expectation that their child get all A's--a perfect 4.0 grade point average--for their entire academic life. Anything less would be considered a disappointment (you know who you are, parents)

The belief, of course, is that unless a child performs well in school, they won't experience the same success in life as those children who get all A's.

Don't get me wrong: I am all for kids excelling in school. I've even encouraged my own kids to earn more A's on their report cards. But let's be clear: The ability to get A's in school demonstrates a highly refined ability to get A's in school and not success in business or leadership.

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NCAA coach's advice to parents:
You need to let your kids fail

Notre Dame Fighting Irish's Muffett McGraw, who has coached for more than 35 years, says it's not the kids who have changed — it's the parents.

The inaugural TCL Vancouver Showcase is dishing up unusual opportunities.

The eight-team women’s basketball portion of the event tips off Thursday at the Vancouver Convention Centre, with the Notre Dame Fighting Irish as headliners.

They’re the reigning NCAA champions. They’re also the No. 1-ranked team in the United States right now, according to the latest Associated Press poll. You don’t get many cracks to witness firsthand and up close what a team like that looks like without leaving your own town.

Notre Dame is coached by 62-year-old Muffet McGraw. She’s been running benches in the collegiate ranks since 1982-83 and at Notre Dame since 1987-88. Last year’s national championship win marked her 800th victory with the Fighting Irish.

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Fear, Greed, Broken Dreams: How early sports specialization is eroding youth sports

J.J. Adams, Vancouver Sun

Kyle Turris is an NHLer because of his dog.

Well, maybe not exactly, but while growing up his golden retriever deserves at least some of the credit for turning Turris into a 12-year NHL veteran. His ball-obsessed dog would chase a young Turris around their Burnaby backyard, the future hockey pro carrying a ball in his lacrosse stick as his hyperactive blur of fur tried to snag the hard rubber prize.

Call it skills training. 

“It helped in ways, like rolling off checks, and just being smart with how you protect the ball,” Turris said to Postmedia last week.

“Just the athleticism that you can grow up with from the fun stuff like that from being outside. Playing games makes things a lot more fun.”

Turris played all the sports growing up: Lacrosse, hockey, tennis and golf, to name a few. It helped him establish a solid athletic foundation, amplifying the genetics given to him by his lacrosse legend father Bruce and, most important, giving him enough enjoyment to stick with sports.

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Yorkville Youth Athletic Association Turns 50!

For An Entire Half-Century, Yorkville Youth Athletic Association Has Stood For Community, Sportsmanship & Fun.

By Lambeth Hochwald

The YYAA team with executive director Arlene Virga in the center. Photo by Andrew Schwartz

On any given day on the Upper East Side, you’re bound to meet someone involved with the Yorkville Youth Athletic Association (YYAA)—whether it’s a staffer running an afterschool program or a parent coaching a flag football or baseball team. And, for 50 years now (Editor’s note: Mark your calendars for a 50th anniversary on May 17) the not-for-profit has been a mainstay in the neighborhood, upheld as it is by a dedication to competition, camaraderie, and community. “We’re here because kids want to play sports,” says Arlene A. Virga, YYAA’s executive director. “The other important reason we’re here is the sense of camaraderie families experience when they meet each other and develop friendships, both the kids and the parents.”

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Specializing doesn't help kids

"If these kids are hearing they need to specialize in one sport, it's mostly because of business and the ego around these coaches. You have a lot of untrained or minimally trained adults basically either

building their business of club sports, or you have leagues and teams and coaches who only care about their own wins and losses. But, the truth is exactly what your numbers say. Playing other sports makes a lot of sense."  The previous quote comes courtesy of a recent ESPN article discussing one of the key findings of a survey of 128 NFL quarterbacks. The survey found that 122 of the 128 active and retired NFL quarterbacks polled (95 percent of them) played at least two sports in high school; and, nearly 70 percent played three or more, including both of this year's Super Bowl's starting quarterbacks, Russell Wilson and Tom Brady.

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I love watching you play!

Hundreds of college athletes were asked to think back: "What is your worst memory from playing youth and high school sports?"

Their overwhelming response: "The ride home from games with my parents."

By: Steve Henson

The informal survey lasted three decades, initiated by two former longtime coaches who over time became staunch advocates for the player, for the adolescent, for the child. Bruce E. Brown and Rob Miller of Proactive Coaching LLC are devoted to helping adults avoid becoming a nightmare sports parent, speaking at colleges, high schools and youth leagues to more than a million athletes, coaches and parents in the last 12 years.

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‘Bench Mob’ veterans keep Villanova loose, focused

Villanova’s quintet of seniors includes, from left, Kevin Rafferty, Ryan Arcidiacono, Daniel Ochefu, Henry Lowe, and Patrick Farrell. Head coach Jay Wright praised all five as key contributors to the ’Cats’ success. MATT SLOCUM — THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

 

RADNOR >> Long before “The Hawks’ Nest” at Monmouth gained national acclaim for their antics on the sideline there was the “Bench Mob” at Villanova.

 

Like their counterparts at Monmouth, Nick McMahon, Henry “Hank” Lowe and Patrick Farrell were the fun guys, walk-ons who hardly played, but had a vital role with the team that was coming off a a 13-19 season, the most losses in program history.

 

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