Our Tennis Club in Middletown is really a community project. Part of our 200 junior members come to the club through clinics which we conduct in the public parks.
As with Scouting, Little Leagues or any junior endeavor, it takes the effort of a lot of people to carry out a program.
FRED R. DORNER
Middletown Tennis Club
HUNT AND FISH TO BETTER HEALTH
We find little fault with Author Boyle's comprehensive article but do disagree with one of the suggested conclusions...that physical education be made obligatory for every youngster.
Our Manitoba organizations have always encouraged the natural desire of our youth to hunt and fish. We suggest that a day's outing in our healthful outdoors provides not only the tangible results of improved physical condition, muscular development, etc., but also, and this is the big dividend, character building and the acquirement of the principles of good sportsmanship. A vigorous youth program sponsored by sportsmen's organizations would soon alter the figures shown by the Kraus-Weber Tests.
Manitoba Federation of Game & Fish Associations
LETTER TO A MOTHER
I think Mrs. Vaulman's letter addressed to me in the Aug. 29 19TH HOLE deserves an answer.
I have worked not with monkeys, but with thousands of children over many years and have followed not one, but two American children, not through one day, but for 12 and 16 years. They, too, are extremely active.
The fact that Mrs. Vaulman and I are blessed with active children does not give us the right to be complacent about the inactive majority.
I do not believe in "complete freedom" from parental supervision, but neither do I believe in the other extreme of pampering and overprotection. My own children are mountain climbers, skiers and riders, and these activities, along with other sports, give them excellent opportunities for full development of their own personalities and bodies but certainly also involve the risk of accidents. I would consider myself extremely selfish if I denied them the opportunity to enjoy life fully in order to save myself the anxiety I always experience when I see them indulging in these activities.
So that our country may produce a Chopin, a Rembrandt and a Babe Ruth and give shelter to an Einstein we will need a strong and courageous people to protect it.
The Institute for Physical Fitness
White Plains, N.Y.
THEY MUST HAVE AN OUTLET
When I was a boy on the farm and we were still pretty much a rural people, there were always chores to keep us busy. These are no longer available to our younger people. The really important group and the one which is overlooked is the teen-age one.