Sports Rule 1: Have Fun

Playing a sport can help us channel our emotions.  Playing a sport can help us feel a sense of accomplishment, even when life feels uncertain.  We can try to escape our reality for a little while by getting lost in the game. We can even play sports to feel in control, if only for a time — we may not be able to control life, or the other players (or officials), but we can control our effort and our attitude.  Most of all, sports can be fun! 

Medical doctors agree.  

Dr. Bowen White, physician and founding member of the National Institute for Play, teaches professional athletes to “play easy” by holding their bodies more loosely or easing up on their grip.  “The best performances occur when they’re playing easy,” White says.

It’s a metaphor, he said, for anyone trying to accomplish a goal: Loosen up a little, have fun, and you’ll see progress.”

NBA Champion Metta World Peace (aka Ron Artest) agrees. 

In his recently released book No Malice: My Life in Basketball Or: How a Kid from Queensbridge Survived the Streets, the Brawls, and Himself to Become an NBA Champion, Metta World Peace comments on the importance of remembering that it’s just a game, and to have fun.

We agree.

We’ll be having fun this week as the South Bay Lakers host our final Summer Night Lights basketball clinic of 2018.  Then it’s on to Harvard Park for the citywide Summer Night Lights skate competition! Be sure to check our social media for photos and videos!