Should Home-Schooled Students Be Allowed to Play Sports at Public Schools?

two boys playing soccerPatrick Foss is a typical high school student. He plays soccer, has friends, and hopes to attend the University of Virginia after he graduates from high school. However, there is one difference between Foss and his neighbor, another young athlete who plays for his high school’s basketball team: Foss can’t play for a high school team because he is home-schooled.

“My parents pay the same exact taxes as my next-door neighbor who plays varsity sports,” Foss said. “I just want to be part of the community. You shouldn’t have to pick between athletics and academics.”

Foss says he would like to try out for the kicker position on Freedom High School’s football team. Sadly for Foss, that has not been an option in the past. However, a new bill is sitting before the House of Delegates in Virginia’s General Assembly that could change this fact. If it passes, this bill would be a victory for home-schooling advocates who want to allow their students more access to extracurricular activities at local public schools.

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David Beckham’s Education Background

footballer david beckhamDavid Robert Joseph Beckham was born May 2, 1975 in Leytonston, London, England. He is the son of David Edward Alan “Ted” Beckham, a kitchen fitter. ad Sandra Georgina Beckham, a hairdresser. Beckham has one older sister, Lynn Georgina and one younger sister, Joanne Louise.

Beckham attended the Chase Lane Primary School and the Chingford Foundation School. Beckham and his family had a love of football. Much of his childhood was revolved around his participation in multiple youth sports clubs. Beckham attended Bobby Charlton’s football school in Manchester and won an opportunity to train at FC Barcelona. Beckham also attended Bradenton Preparatory Academy. He signed schoolboys forms with Manchester United on his fourteenth birthday. Manchester United is an English professional football club.

Beckham’s career has been one of more than just a sports star. Beckham spent many years playing for Manchester. He has played for other notable European teams as well. Teams such as Real Madrid. Beckham eventually landed a spot on the American team. The Los Angeles Galaxy. Where he remains today, despite some conflict about him being loaned out to other teams during his career. Beckham is often in the limelight and seen as a superstar of the game. He has many credits to his name including multiple World Cup appearances and goals. He was named England’s Player of the Year in 2003.

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Ronaldinho’s Education Background

Ronaldo de Assis MoreiraRonaldo de Assis Moreira was born on March 21, 1980 in Porto Alegre, the capital of Rio Grande do Sul. The Brazilian footballer is commonly known as Ronaldinho. He received this nickname because he was often the youngest and the smallest player in the  youth football club matches. Ronaldinho is the diminutive and term of endearment for “Ronaldo.” Ronaldinho’s father is Joao de Assis Moreira, a shipyard worker and footballer for his local club, Esporte Clube Cruzeiro. His mother is Dona Miguelina, a former salesperson who studied to become a nurse.

Ronaldinho began his football or soccer career at a very young age. Ronaldinho was first noticed by the media at age thirteen when he scored all 23 of the 23-0 scored game against a local team. In 1997, Ronaldinho was labeled a rising star at the 1997 U-17 World Championship in Egypt. In these championships, Ronaldinho scored two goals on penalty kicks.

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World Cup Soccer: US Loses to Ghana

Landon Donovan. Image via: Getty Images

Landon Donovan. Image via: Getty Images

It all seemed so familiar: High expectations for the United States men’s soccer team heading into a World Cup match. A terrible opening to the game. A stunning comeback.

But this time, there was no storybook ending. This time there was only disappointment, as the Americans finally ran out of miracles.

The United States fell 2-1 to Ghana in overtime in the round of 16, a stunning defeat for a team that had a favorable draw to win not only this round, but the next as well.

Instead, for the third time in four games, the United States allowed a goal in the opening minutes of a match, and once again needed to stage a comeback.

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Landon Donovan’s Educational Background

Landon DonovanLandon Timothy Donovan was born on March 4, 1982, in Ontario, California, to Donna Kenney-Cash who was a special education teacher, and Tim Donovan a semi-professional ice hockey player.

He attended Redlands East Valley High School in California where he took three years of Spanish to aid in his sports communication for future professional travels.

In 1997, Donovan was accepted into U.S. Youth Soccer’s Olympic Development Program and then in 1999, he attended the prestigious IMG Soccer Academy in Bradenton, Florida. The program is a notable affiliation of United State’s soccer training program. Interestingly, while playing a post-training round of golf at the IMG Academy he almost had a foot bitten off by an alligator. Read the rest of this entry »

World Cup: Donovan Stuns Algeria, United States Advances

It was deja vu all over again.

And then it wasn’

The United States was on the verge of being eliminated from the World Cup on another incorrectly disallowed goal, setting off a firestorm of criticism, blame and debate.

With one shot, Landon Donovan rendered half a week of blown calls and blown chances meaningless.

With only minutes left in stoppage time, Jozy Altiodore came in on a rush from the left side. His shot was stopped by a sliding Rais M’Bolhi, but the rebound kicked out to Donovan. With M’Bohli out of position and the net empty, Donovan easily converted the goal, giving the U.S. a 1-0 lead and setting off a wild celebration.

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US Stuns Slovenia in World Cup

US versus Slovenia: Image Via Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images

US versus Slovenia: Image Via Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images

There were no fluke goals for the US in their World Cup match against Slovenia today, no lucky bounces to bail out a struggling team that, once again, found itself trailing early.

Instead, there was a comeback of grit, determination and a couple of wicked shots from Landon Donovan and Michael Bradley that turned a two-goal halftime deficit into a 2-2 tie in what was a tournament-saving half for the Americans.

And this time, instead of being on the good side of fate, the US may have been robbed.

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U.S. and England Open World Cup With Draw

England's Robert Green. Image Via: Yahoo Sports

England's Robert Green. Image Via: Yahoo Sports

The US World Cup run began today, and depending on how you look at it, the Americans were either lucky to walk away with a draw or unlucky. Either way, the Americans earned a point with their 1-1 tie with England in both team’s World Cup openers.

England’s Steven Garrard got on the board in the fourth minute, a problem the U.S. has dealt with before. According to the broadcast, it was the seventh time in the Cup’s 19 games the Americans had given up a goal in the opening 15 minutes.

However, in a stunning turn of events just before the half, Clint Dempsey tied the score on a long-shot that went right to keeper Robert Green, only to bounce off his hands and into the net to knot the score at one.

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World Cup Soccer Mania in Spain

Spain Team: Image Via

Spain Team: Image Via

The other night I was sitting in my room, studying, when I heard a yell from the living room:

“Yes.Yes.Yes! Come on, you can do it! Goal!”

Confused, I poked my head into the living room to see what was going on. I should have known without looking though: My house-father was watching his favorite fútbol (soccer) team on the television, and they were winning.

Soccer is a big deal here in Spain, and with the World Cup starting Friday, June 11, 2010, soccer madness is raging!

Everyone I have talked to has definite plans for where they will be during the game, which is scheduled for 9:00 CST. The first game will be played by South Africa and Mexico. USA faces off against England on June 12, at 1:30, CST.

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World Cup Helps Soccer Take Center Stage in Sports World

With the NHL season drawing to a close this week, and the NBA season to follow shortly, the 19th FIFA World Cup will be at the center of our sporting universe for the next few weeks.2010-world-cup

The 32-team tournament kicks off on Friday, June 11 with Spain and Brazil, two favorites to win the title. The United States’ team plays England on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. The Americans went 0-2-1 in the 2006 Cup.

It’s around this time that we start hearing talk about soccer in the United States, and whether or not it will ever become popular with “mainstream” fans. Frankly, there are smarter people than me who can debate that endlessly.

What isn’t up for debate is that, from June 11 to July 11, soccer will likely be at the forefront of the American sport landscape. Why? It’s soccer’s Big Event. Read the rest of this entry »


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