It's exciting to watch our children excel at the sports they love. Working hard toward a personal best or perfecting a specific technique are critical to success, but let’s also remember that playing multiple sports can be tremendously beneficial in the long run – and a lot of fun for our kids.
Branching out from just one sport offers youth athletes both physical and mental benefits, from enhancing current skills to learning to appreciate the new skills required by a different sport.
In our exclusive TAKE 5 interview, Sarah told us that growing up, she played a wide variety of sports, ranging from soccer to basketball to track and even…hockey. Sarah’s involvement in hockey eventually led her to speedskating.
“I started playing hockey because my brother was a serious hockey player, and I always wanted to be just like him,” said Sarah. “I started speedskating at age 10 because I had always played on boys’ teams, and the game started to involve checking. I immediately fell in love with it.”
Sarah told us that it was around the age of 10 that she also started playing travel club soccer. In fact, Sarah has a deep love for soccer, and she remains a true multi-sport athlete to this very day – but at a much higher level now.
“Recently I was lucky enough to commit to play soccer with the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign,” said Sarah.
Sarah said that soccer and speedskating complement each other well.
“Soccer provides both cardio and mental training that is great for my speedskating training,” said Sarah.
Sarah also shared her story of how, when and why she decided to specialize in both speedskating and soccer in this exclusive interview. She added that she realizes how fortunate she is to be able to compete at a high level in both sports.
“I am lucky enough to be able to both play soccer and compete in speedskating at an elite level because the seasons for the two sports do not really conflict, and the training for the two complement each other,” said Sarah.
At Liberty Mutual Insurance, we constantly look for ways to celebrate the countless acts of responsibility shown by people every day. We created Responsible Sports, powered by Positive Coaching Alliance, as part of this belief to help ensure that our kids experience the best that sports have to offer in environments that promote and display responsibility. We believe kids can learn valuable life lessons when coaches and parents come together to support winning on and off the ice.