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JIMMY JEMAIL ASKS: President Eisenhower, at an extraordinary luncheon recently, expressed his concern about the lack of participation in sports by American youth. How would you remedy this?
Jimmy Jemail
August 15, 1955
AVERY BRUNDAGE President International Olympic Committee "Physical education is as important as mental education. Provide physical education leadership emphasizing participation, not spectator sports. Return to amateur principles. Take educational institutions out of entertainment. Begin by abolishing gate receipts from educational sports events."
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August 15, 1955

Jimmy Jemail Asks: President Eisenhower, At An Extraordinary Luncheon Recently, Expressed His Concern About The Lack Of Participation In Sports By American Youth. How Would You Remedy This?

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AVERY BRUNDAGE
President
International Olympic Committee
"Physical education is as important as mental education. Provide physical education leadership emphasizing participation, not spectator sports. Return to amateur principles. Take educational institutions out of entertainment. Begin by abolishing gate receipts from educational sports events."

MAL WHITFIELD
Track star
"The most important thing is that parents have a true understanding of their children. It is all too easy for parents to upset children emotionally so they won't participate in sports. Other things that would help are: better organization of playgrounds and intramural leagues sponsored by factories and businesses."

BISHOP BERNARD J. SHEIL
Founder Catholic Youth Organization
"How can you have mass participation when you have few places to play? It's easy to talk and make suggestions, but nothing is done. Athletics today are for the fortunate few. Until we recognize the validity of the playground, the boys and girls who really need athletics are out of luck."

GEN. DAVID SARNOFF
Chairman of the Board Radio Corporation of America
"First, interest the parents. I feel that juvenile delinquency is adult delinquency. Parents should know that nothing is as interesting to children as sports. Schools should have more sports. Cities should provide more playgrounds and parents should insist that children go to these areas."

GOODWIN KNIGHT
Governor of California
"We have asked the mayors of our major cities and towns to call old-fashioned town meetings where sports figures and others are urged to get kids interested in sports. If there are no baseball diamonds, no playgrounds, no leagues, we want to know why. We have not licked juvenile delinquency, but it's under control."

COL. EARL H. BLAIK
Director of Athletics
West Point
"Let's face it—the American youngster is the victim of our mechanized age as well as the philosophy expressed by a former college chancellor—'when I feel the urge to exercise, I lie down on a couch until the urge passes.' Athletics should be compulsory. Tax-exempt foundations should help promote competitive sports."

PHILIP K. WRIGLEY
President
Chicago Cubs
"I think that spectator sports have gone too far. The public would rather pay to watch than indulge in sports. This has had its effect on youngsters. They're aping their parents. Little Leagues are offsetting this commercial tendency somewhat. The same idea should be applied more widely to other sports."

HARRY TRUMAN
Former U.S. President
"Not being an athlete myself and with no athletic background, I can't offer a concrete solution. But one way to eliminate juvenile delinquency is to have momma and poppa look after their children. Raising kids properly is the most important thing in the world. Home discipline comes first; sports afterwards."

ED SULLIVAN
Newspaper columnist and television celebrity
"It would be almost impossible to increase, America's present mass participation in sports. Little Leagues blanket the nation; Golden Gloves have made boxing a mass participation medium; caddy associations have given golf phenomenal impetus. Only viewers-with-alarm find anything unhappy on the American sports front."

ROBERT F. WAGNER Jr.
Mayor of New York
"It's most important to get sports leaders. Youngsters look up to athletic heroes. Big cities must make more space available so boys can participate in sports. They must have good, friendly supervision. In New York we have many such areas, but not enough. We're trying. Our Police Athletic League was the country's first."

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