Sunday, November 13, 2005

Success at any Cost

Families are willing to spend thousands of dollars to give their children an extra advantage in competitive sports, Shannon Russell of the Cincinnati Enquirer has found. In "Paying for That Edge: No Guarantees Come with Pressure to Spend," Russell asked 30 families to figure how much they spent last year on "club teams, personalized training, camps, clinics, tours and other year-round athletic services for their kids." The families averaged $6,100 per child. Along with the numbers, Russell's story provides telling anecdotes about a troubling trend in American society.


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