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Sports can be a great building block for kid's lives but they are often times taken to an  extreme which limits their possibilities. As kids grow up, they see how fame and glory is tied to  success in sports. They see many sports icons such as Peyton Manning or Dan Marino in  commercials and on TV and wish they can one day be like them. Kids can even wear shoe  brands by famous athletes such as “Jordans” or “Wades”.  There are also many movies that aid  in this such as “Remember the Titans” and “We are Marshall”. Movies such as these push  young kids on to want to do everything in their power to achieve success at their sport. There is  nothing wrong with having goals and aspirations but often times those very same goals force  young kids to turn a blind eye towards their grades. Too much of anything can be harmful for kids, sports included. Parents enroll their kids  in city leagues as early as four years old. At first it is meant for nothing but fun. Kids have a  good time whether they win or lose and they just enjoy the game. At this age, their schoolwork  does not demand much work at home so it is relatively easy to manage their time. They are  usually only on the sports field once or twice a week. On average, parents do not expect much  out of their kids at this stage of their sports careers. The spirit of fun on the field is not overtaken  by the desire for success quite yet.  As their kids grow older, parents become much more avid about their success and  situations can become almost hostile. What I mean by hostile is parents become angry at their  children for not performing well or not training enough for their sport. This dumps a ton of  pressure on a young person’s mind to please their parents. Deep inside most kids’ hearts is a 
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strong desire to make their parents proud of them. When parents criticize them on their 
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