BERTRAM M. BECK
Director Juvenile Delinquency Project Children's Bureau
"The key is to have an athletic program that is broad enough to encompass a wide J variety of needs among youngsters. Some kids are better on teams and others at games involving one opponent. Little League baseball, for instance, is fine as far as it goes. It takes care of some boys, but not all. Youngsters should not be forced into one pattern. They will develop interests that will stay with them only if they are supervised intelligently in the sports they like best."
New York City
"Expand existing successful sports enterprises, by giving I them the means—I money for a staff, the equipment and prizes. I refer to city and state park systems, public and parochial school recreation systems, Boy and Girl Scouts, the AAU, PAL, K of C, CYO, YMCA, YMHA, YWCA, YWHA. We don't need new superduper commissions."
WALTER A. GEROULD
A. G. Spalding & Co.
"The President's committee must impress parents that they have to sell youngsters on sports. That's how the Little Leagues got their start. This has been the most successful form of mass participation in years. What is needed is expansion of Little Leagues on a wider basis."
"We must give boys in crowded areas more playgrounds. Through the agency of the Boy Scouts, we are able to go into such areas where juvenile delinquency principally begins, take these kids off the streets and into Boy Scout camps, where they see a new way of life. They learn all the things boys should know and do. From this, they develop into good citizens. Scouting is a 12 months' program with trained leadership. One of the most important things a lad needs, which he gets out of scouting, is that sense of belonging."
THE REV. THEODORE M. HESBURGH
President of Notre Dame
"It's a simple problem—organization and money. The big thing is to have play areas in cities. The biggest gangs are in areas where there are no places to play. Children hang out in alleys and get into trouble. Also, school playgrounds look deserted. Are they all open?"
GEN. JOHN R. KILPATRICK
Chairman of the Board
Madison Square Garden
"The youth of America looks up to its sports figures as idols. President Eisenhower took the biggest step forward by pointing up the problem through his luncheon with top sports personalities at the White House. He has set the standard. Certainly other leading citizens should pick up from there."
United States Senator
"We need solid citizens who will give their time to supervise sports in schools, clubs and the playgrounds. Lots of people talk but do nothing. Paid supervisors do a good job, but there are not enough of them. We need more volunteers. Kids are going to look up to someone, either a Dillinger or a good citizen."
DR. HENRY M. WRISTON
"The first essential is for reporters to treat sports as sport, not a business. They play up a boy as if he were a big shot about to turn pro, rather than a schoolboy. Exploitation gets to the fore and sports are left far behind. We should return to a balance badly upset by too much exploitation."
Former heavyweight champion
"More clubs, properly supervised, properly operated and properly financed. There are few places to play in large cities. This is a proper venture for state taxation. It's time for the public to wake up and do something for our kids. We have money for everything, but none for our children. For two straight years, I conducted tournaments throughout the United States and Canada to stimulate boxing and develop fighters. I was discouraged by the lack of interest."
St. Louis Cardinals
"We didn't have that problem in my town, Bay, Arkansas, population 500. There sure was plenty of play space back home. But that's the crux of the problem in our big cities. That and also the difficulty of getting enough volunteers to coach the kids. Former athletes ought to be glad to volunteer and get some exercise. Besides, I think it's the duty of ex-pros to coach."