by John Geddert, 2012 USA Gymnastics Olympic Team head coach, and a Champions for America’s Future member
The Lansing State Journal, May 22, 2014—One of the best things we can do in society is to help kids succeed. It’s a win-win situation when that happens.
I see this play out in the gymnasium every day. Gymnastics is a technically demanding sport. Our athletes have to be extremely bright to understand the complexities of what the sport involves. They also need the social skills to get along with teammates, and the emotional fortitude to succeed. That foundation is built during their early years. These kids have parents who are involved in their development and who understand that good habits early on are required for success.
Research shows at-risk kids who access high-quality preschool can also be better competitors in school and beyond. In the long run, it costs far less for taxpayers when kids grow into individuals who add to the tax base. The benefits of success are tremendous.
Time and again, we get things right. Ensuring that high-quality preschool is accessible is one of the things we get right in Michigan.