Respect is a word we often hear in the world around us.
As parents, we try to teach respect at a very early age. Sport is a wonderful tool to help reinforce or cement the teaching of respect. For 12-year-old Jordan Armstrong, football was the sport that really drove home the teaching of respect.
"After football my mom thought I was more respectful," Jordan says.
"After football I used manners, wouldn’t mouth off, and I would listen better to my mom and teachers."
Last year Jordan played offensive line for the North Winnipeg Nomads Pee Wee team.
"Coach Dan is always helping all the players" Jordan says. "Coach Dan lets us have a lot of fun, but he is also strict. We aren’t supposed to mess around during practice. We have to be focused."
"We want to make football fun" says Coach Dan, "but everybody has a job to do. We try to teach the kids responsibility and accountability. We believe responsibility on the field transfers to responsibility at home and at school, and can be applied to all the relationships in their lives."
What Jordan likes the most about playing football is "being with my friends and being with the team" he says.
What he finds most difficult is the tough practice schedule.
"We practice three times a week for two hours."
It can be very difficult for a parent, or parents, to successfully teach respect to a child.
"Football changed Jordan, night and day" says his mom. "Football will make him a better boy."
The structure and discipline that comes with sport often plays a considerable role in the development of young people. The coaches involved in sports play such a massive role as well. Coach Dan’s approach has made an impact on Jordan Armstrong, and for that, Coach Dan — much respect.
Former Winnipeg Blue Bombers kicker Troy Westwood is co-host of The Big Show, every weekday morning from 6 to 10 a.m. on TSN 1290 radio. He writes about Winnipeg’s unsung sports heroes every other week in the Canstar Community News weeklies.