The Disney Sports Festival is finally here! This week I’ll be spending a few days with the Disney Sports Media Team at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. If you know me at all, you know that my love for all things Disney is equal to my love of sports and my life as a sports Mom to 3 busy athletes. I’ve spent more than my fair share of birthdays, anniversaries, and holidays on the bleachers, sidelines, or at the pool’s edge. I’ve coordinated countless seasons for coaches, parents, and players as a Team Mom. And its my knack for organizing that made it easy to add a worksheet or two just for Sports Moms to our GO MOM! DIY Planner.
With parents who grew up competing athletically, it was inevitable that we would expose our children to sports to see what, if any sport, might stick. While my husband focused most of his attention on athletics, my childhood was a whirlwind not only of soccer, softball, and track, but piano, choir, competition show choir (think Glee), dance, and so much more. As a Mom, I wanted nothing different for our children. I never questioned the necessity for kids to be well rounded, pursing varying interests instead of just one, giving them room to bloom and grow in the way that is most natural to their hearts instead of transferring my interests onto them. Even so, for each of our children, the love of sports is clearly in their hearts.
Our oldest dabbled in both soccer and football but settled comfortably into baseball and has never looked back. A high school baseball player and rising senior, he’s currently in the showcase baseball phase of his journey, checking out college campuses that offer a degree or emphasis in sports marketing and digital media as well as a baseball program that might need his skills as a lefty batter, stand out catcher, and powerful outfielder.
Our middle never found a home on either the soccer or baseball field, preferring individual sports in the end. A strong swimmer built to glide through the water, he ultimately settled on tennis and never looked back. With a wicked and ace worthy serve and a developing top spin, he’s a formidable opponent who claimed the #2 seed on his high school team this year as a freshman. He is that child who simply can’t get enough of his sport, practicing for hours on the driveway, asking to stay late after every clinic, never understanding why he can’t play in USTA tournaments every weekend all year long.
And our youngest is still exploring. An older elementary aged child, she has yet to meet a sport she doesn’t love. She’s a fish who lives for summer swim team and all the fun, friendship, and competition it brings. She admires her brothers more than she’s willing to admit. A spunky softball player who begs the coach to catch every game (just like her big brother) she also can’t wait for the fall when she can pick up a tennis racquet as the weather cools and the courts call. The field is wide open, just as it should be for a child her age, and we delight in her discovery of all she can do.
Which leads me to the Disney Sports Festival this week. Thanks to talented folks at ESPN Wide World of Sports, I am blessed to spend a few days learning all about youth sports through Disney’s eyes. We’ll learn about the complex, the many youth sports events hosted by Disney or hosted by youth sports leagues all year long, about the journey to Disney for so many talented kids, and how Disney makes youth sports travel easy. We’ll also have the chance to hear the latest from runDisney and as I type this with my foot in a boot, recovering from joint fusion surgery, its the goal to have my doctor’s blessing in two years to register for the Tink Half at Disneyland and celebrate my long road back to running.
Disney Media Events never fail to educate, engage, and excite me about all that Disney does to keep the Disney Promise across every facet of the brand. The Disney Promise is simple ~ Cast Members are dedicated to turning the ordinary in the extraordinary, every single day. I expect this week will be no different, giving us an inside view of the incredible journeys of youth athletes and the families who love them as they compete for their dreams in the happiest place on earth. We’ll also be sure to learn whats new and what’s next for runDisney and the many facets of Disney Sports. Keep an eye out for future posts sharing what I hope are the latest tips in Sports Mom Must-Knows and as always, thanks so much for stopping by!
Disclosure: Special thanks to Disney Sports for inviting me to attend the Disney Sports Festival. I was not asked to post at any time and my magical opinions are entirely my own. Check out my sneak peek of the life of a Team Mom ESPN style from the 2012 Disney Social Media Moms Celebration. Quite possibly my favorite event of the entire trip!