Can sports teach players life lessons? Absolutely.
Do sports teach players life lessons and develop character? Unfortunately, not as often as it should.
For years, I was of the belief that if kids play sports, they will reap many benefits. They will learn life lessons and develop character skills, such as hard work, perseverance, grit, determination, and teamwork.
It sounds good. But it isn’t reality. Does a young baseball player need the help of a coach to learn how to hit? Of course.