Re: Re: Running program offers option for juvenile offenders

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Andrew A.
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I think you might be losing sight of the context.  These are kids who will likely be lucky to finish high school.  If they were academically eligible for sports and had an aptitude and interest then they likely would have been doing that instead of getting in trouble.  This is not to say that cross country runners, even really good ones, do not get in trouble with the law. However, as a rule these are not kids for whom organized sports would otherwise be a viable outlet.  Far above and beyond that, this is really about teaching life skills (setting goals, working hard, being accountable) that they had lost track of or perhaps never even learned and is an alternative not to training to perform in distance running but to standard probation that often just prolongs punishment and can result in institutionalizing them.  A carrot as opposed to a stick.