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I went back to school the other day. It was unlike any school I had ever attended before.

It might have been the setting: the ballroom of an upmarket Washington country club that generally serves as an elegant wedding venue.

It might have been my classmates, whose median age was about 1/5 of my own.

It might have been the topic: character in sports.

Likely, it was all of the above.

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wellplayed.us encourages kids to get involved in sports because of all the benefits that can come from it when they are done right. This post is a direct copy of a tidy synopsis by Greg Wells and Shawna Silver (July, 2014) of the benefits of getting involved in sports.

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It will be interesting to watch this year’s matches and see if there appears to be a more unified team. And to listen to what the media make of this issue. Remember what Ali famously said: “I, We.” And don’t be afraid to hug and high five! Cautious fist bumps may spare you some germs but that’s about it.

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Fierce, sincere competition, compelling match-ups, great golf, and genuine sportsmanship, win or lose; all playing out before millions of amateurs who subsequently might be that much more likely to play their sports in a similar vein.

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