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Developing Strength and Sincerity

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Every athlete is familiar with conditioning: an exercise or training program specifically designed to meet the needs of a particular sport.

Conditioning often combines cardio with strength training, along with detailed maneuvers that help athletes achieve a specifically designed durability to master their chosen sport. Anyone who knows anything about sports understands and respects those efforts. The dedication and commitment that consumes an athlete to achieve such high standards seldom goes unnoticed; high praise and scholarship offers are often the result for fortunate young student-athletes.

Achieving such recognition, however, carries with it responsibilities that many don't think about. People are born with certain attributes to nurture and develop; for many athletes, that attribute is their physical athleticism. 

That being said, athletes of all ages need to remember that people from many different areas are always watching. Behavior on and off the field will be scrutinized more than others and with that comes personal accountability. The cheers, enthusiasm, and praise that athletes—even young athletes—receive from the fans that attend sporting events are a direct reflection of their pride in their school and/or their team.

Young children and classmates often want to emulate athletes. The press may laud their accomplishments, parents and fans cheer those accomplishments, and colleges may seek them out because of those accomplishments. The trick to all this praise is this: athletes represent their schools, communities and the people in the stands. Athletes' behavior and choices not only reflect what kind of person they are, but often determine how their future will unfold.

Fans often feel connected to athletes. When athletes and teams achieve, fans—many of whom are young children—share in their pride. When athletes fall, fans sometimes feel their pain.

As an athlete, remember to always treat this trust and support with respect.

“Live your life so that when others think of integrity, strength, compassion, and respect, they think of you.” Claudia Narcisi is a teen advocate/speaker. Visit her at

Sara DeBastiani

Love the message of holding yourself accountable. We're stressing that to our softball team, especially that their brothers and sisters are watching.

John Bescanni

Sometimes I watch these NCAA tournament games and I'm left wondering if anyone ever teaches some of these kids accountability!

Led by a historic ground campaign, the Panthers humiliated Virginia Tech, running their way to a 52-22 demolition of the Hokies Saturday afternoon at Heinz Field, maintaining first place in the Coastal division.
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CHARLOTTESVILLE — With an opportunity to separate itself in the race for the ACC Coastal title, the Virginia football team failed to overcome myriad mental and physical errors and its depleted defense was unable to hold up in the second half of a 23-13 loss to Pittsburgh on a soggy Friday night.
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Casey DeSmith stopped all 39 shots he faced, while Sidney Crosby racked up a goal and an assist as the Penguins dominated Arizona in a 4-0 shutout win at PPG Paints Arena Saturday night.
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NEW YORK (AP) — After setting a career high for points last season, Josh Bailey has picked up right where he left off. Bailey scored a short-handed goal in the second period and then the only goal in a shootout to lift the New York Islanders over the Pittsburgh Penguins 3-2 on Thursday night.
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