Dozens of people showed up Tuesday night at Annunciation BVM School in McSherrystown to learn how parents can play a more positive role in their child's athletics.
They heard from Kristin Sheehan, a co-director of the "Play Like a Champion Today" program developed through the University of Notre Dame. Since its founding in 2006, "Play Like a Champion Today" has educated more than 35,000 coaches and 15,000 parents about creating a positive sports culture for young people.
Sheehan told the crowd that the one part that kids have said they dread the most is the time right after the game.
"It's the long ride home, where they get the play-by-play critique," she said.
And there's a more positive way to ask your child about the game, rather than asking if they won or how many points they scored.
"Did you have fun? How did the game go?" Sheehan told the crowd.
The Notre Dame Club of Gettysburg also had a hand in bringing Sheehan to Annunciation School.
"If we just love and support our child to help them to be the best version of themselves, they may not be the best player on the team or the highest scorer, they can grow and learn from sports in their own way," she said.
The message apparently sunk in.
"Certain things I try to push them, now it makes it a little bit more on the child and let it up to them and just be there and supportive and help them through everything," said parent Neil Mummert.
Annunciation Principal Christy Lucas says the school tries to instill the value of sportsmanship in children as early as they can.
"We want to instill the virtues, the values," she said. "We want them to have fun. We want them to become the role models for their children, or even other teams to see."