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Troubling trends in competitive sports at early ages


Mennonite Church Canada/MennoMedia joint release
July 27, 2012
-Melodie Davis

WATERLOO, Ont. and HARRISONBURG, Va. — Dave King, athletic director at Eastern Mennonite University (Harrisonburg), is concerned for the way competitive sports can take over family life from a young age.

King is not against participation in sports. He is the father of three sons who competed at high school and college levels and who was personally involved in education and sports most of his life. “I understand that coaches are putting a lot of pressure on, but I think it’s time families stand up and say wait a minute, enough is enough,” King says on the Shaping Families program. King has spoken in numerous churches about this issue and was specially licensed by Virginia Conference for a speaking ministry.

Two interviews with King air the weekends of August 11 and 18, 2012, and will be available online at one day before airing. 

Other programs for August include:

  • August 4: “Benefits of Homeschooling” Michael Courtney speaks about her family’s experiences homeschooling four children ages 6-11. Courtney and her husband Jeremy Nafziger are members of Community Mennonite Church in Harrisonburg.
  • August 25: “Saving the Seasons” Mary Clemens Meyer and Susanna Meyer, a mother/daughter team who authored Saving the Seasons: How to Can, Dry or Freeze Almost Anything, talk about the current interest and enthusiasm for reviving this formerly dying art. Mary is a writer/editor for MennoMedia who with her husband, runs Strawberry Hill Farm near Coshocton, Ohio. Susanna works for an urban farming organization, Grow Pittsburgh.

All programs can be heard online at, now airing on 21 stations including two in Canada: Mon. – Fri. at 9 AM on CFCJ 102.1, FM in Cochrane, Ont., and Wed. afternoons on CFED, FM in The Pas, Man. A complete station listing can be found at

MennoMedia is the publishing ministry of Mennonite Church Canada and Mennonite Church USA.