By Chris Prew
DHAC Athlete’s Edge Head Instructor
I am not going to lie; I spent a good deal of my childhood dead locked to any device that sported a screen. I am an adult of the “Mortal Kombat” age, and more recently, was embedded in the “Call of Duty” world. I must say I would have never imagined defending the anti-gaming community. I will not pretend I am some expert on video games and how it affects the brain. But I will agree that if abused it could be a total “time waster.”
Look ten years from now and ask yourself how you plan to reap the fruit of countless hours of video games? How many relationships have you built? What jobs have you prepared for? What do you want to create in life? If I were to answer honestly, I wouldn’t have an answer worth leaving my lips.
There is no doubt that age brings wisdom and with wisdom comes discernment. Look back and imagine the countless productive things your child could have been doing instead of “gaming.” Reading books for information, socializing and exploring the world instantly come to mind. What’s better than that? How about exercising and “gaining the edge” in DHAC’s brand new, youth sports conditioning program: Athlete’s Edge.
Your child cannot experience meaningful friendships fixated on pixels. He or she cannot appreciate the fall colors from inside your home with a headset attached at their ears at all times. Will they spot a deer hidden in the woods from the corner of their eyes, glued to the television? What about exercise? Is the rapid thumb movement enough to establish a healthy and fit lifestyle?
Athletes Edge will provide your child with endless benefits, ranging from exercise knowledge, teamwork and friendship skills to self confidence and coordination using no video games whatsoever. We want you all to take advantage of this innovative new program led by experienced fitness and youth coaches. Get your kid off the couch and sign him or her up!