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Youth sports: Some feel parents take kids’ sport too seriously

  • Video by Bruce Asato and Jamm Aquino / basato@staradvertiser.com and jaquino@staradvertiser.com

    Hawaii has produced elite world-class athletes. Some parents are starting their kids in athletics at a very young age.

  • COURTESY OF KALAKAUA FOUNDATION

    Dennis Agena, right, who has taught basketball basics for more than 50 years, says, “sometimes the parents are too involved emotionally and verbally.”

Kenny Patton recalls when a parent of one of the regulars at his sports clinic told him the trainee would be taking a couple of weeks off. When Patton asked why, he was told it was because the young athlete had a “big game” coming up. Read more

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