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I recently read an article titled After-School Activities Make Educational Inequality Even Worse by Hilary Friedman. The article suggested that organized competitive sports, which is typically associated with middle and upper-middle-class kids, helps strengthen life skills through organized competitive activities outside of the school system. This essentially perpetuates class divisions. The article cited learning from loss, time management, and adaptability as skills that youth learn in competitive after-school activities and contribute to their place in socioeconomic hierarchy as adults. I believe Friedman made valid points. Unfortunately, many of them did not apply to my teammates in organized sports during my youth. While in middle school and high school, I played on summer league basketball teams that were majority Black and middle class. Many of my teammates and their parents viewed sports as the ultimate end game. I believe when one adopts this mentality, the game is... read more

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