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The head of the Ohio High School Athletic Association spoke to the Zanesville Rotary Club this afternoon. Dr. Ross shared his view on the importance of life lessons learned through participating in high school sports. He emphasized the lessons he personally learned by reflecting back on his experiences with sports.
"I became a much better goal setter," said Ross, "because you sit in the locker room before the season starts and you say, okay, what do we want to do this year. So, i think it teaches you at a very very young age to at least focus that way. You realize that hard work, and dedication and commitment pay off."
The similarities between challenges on the field as well as challenges in the work environment was a central theme in his message. The importance of confronting and learning from those challenges at a young age is something students can learn through sports and extracurricular activities.
"There's very few jobs that I know of where you're going to work by yourself, you're going to be working with other people and the comradery and the chemistry that comes with good team work," Ross stated. "You have a wonderful opportunity to learn as a student athlete."
The Ohio High School Athletic Association works with academics to ensure students ultimately receive a well rounded education.