Sports Academies and Super H Mart

There are high schools for the arts as well as math and science, but not for sports.  Why would there be?  Athletics are an extra-curricular activity.  Sure, they may bolster community pride, bring in financial prosperity for the school (if the teams are good enough), but they aren’t the mainstay of a young person’s life.  Unless, of course, they are the mainstay of a young person’s life.  Have dreams of playing any kind of ball in college and then going on to the pro’s or to be a member of an Olympic team?  Let’s not kid ourselves when the youngsters are nearing pre-pubescence and are still attending a school where memorizing Shakespeare sonnets and calculating grams-divided-by-formula-weight are frontal cortex distractions for the student that has one (maybe two) thing on his mind: make the team, stay on the team, and win.

I’m not suggesting that memorizing Shakespeare sonnets or even reading them is useless, nor am I insinuating that knowing how many moles are in one once of an element isn’t worth knowing.  I’m just curious about how different secondary education would be in the United States if children between the ages of eleven and seventeen had the option of going to a high school focused on the arts, or the math/sciences, or athletics…places that cultivate and capitalize on a student’s strengths and interests.

If twelve year-old Joey wants to play for the MLB someday and his local high school either had a very sorry baseball team (or no varsity team), rather than move to get into a school district that has a good (varsity) team, he could apply for the nearest sports academy.  Joey would still learn literature, history, math, and science, but they would be designed to bolster and nurture his existing intellectual abilities.  If Joey wants to read nothing but sports fiction and non-fiction and write essays about them, that’s fine.  It’s amazing how much cultural and political history one can learn by reading a well-researched and written sports book.* And for science, you guessed it, the physics of baseball and other sports!

If you happen to know from experience or thorough speculation what kind of impact such an institution would have on scouting and the education system, please feel free to chime in with your thoughts.

*I learned a lot about the TV industry just by reading about televised sports.


And now for the Super H-Mart part.  Remember when kids didn’t want to come inside for lunch or dinner because they wanted to keeping playing outside?  Barely?  I wasn’t one of those kids.  When I was in single-digit age numbers, I spent a couple of hours every day digging up holes in the red Georgia clay around my house, roller skating down the driveway, and taking walks, but I always went back into the house for meals.  Fast-forward three sets of presidential terms and I’ve yet to reconnect with that self.   I like to dance (interpretively) and take walks in air-conditioned spaces, but not anything that requires near 20/20 vision or too much sweating.  You know how grumpy people can get when they are hungry or thirsty?  Well, I’m snarling when I sweat or get hot.

This afternoon when I got home from work, though, I stumbled upon an activity that produced much sweat and I didn’t mind.  I was having fun out of the sheer absurdity of it.  I was taking a giant kickball and using it as a basketball.  It slammed against the concrete pretty loudly.  The children of the people who live behind me kept shouting, “stop that loud noise! You’re being too loud!”  It was funny.


Click here for a close-up of the ball.

I think I’m going to get a small trampoline and a smaller kickball in the near future and continue with this kickbasketball silliness.

And then I went to the John’s Creek Super H-Mart for dinner.

Watch me eat stir fried spicy octopusIt steams!

Check out the produce and products:




See the Nestle chocolate energy drink in close-up here.


The pink Korean words in the middle of the image say “Ice bar.”



Black sesame soy milk. Hmmmm.


After leaving Super H-Mart, I went to a bakery a few stores down.  Behold 1.29 peanut butter soboro bread.



Glutinous rice balls! Watch me stroke and bite into one.  It is so very soft.

After leaving the bakery, I went to a beauty supply store where I saw these Made in the USA body splash sprays.  You’re not hallucinating, it does say “Butt Naked,” “Island Kiss Type,” “Sex on the Beach,” and “Lick Me All Over.”


Click here and here for textual close-ups.

11 thoughts on “Sports Academies and Super H Mart

  1. Liz

    In our area, there’s a high school for the performing arts. The district just had to cut 800- teachers (it’s a huge district, obviously) and the emphasis is in danger. As for sports high schools — am against them. Athletes already have athletics! Way more opportunities for them than for musicians, artists, etc., at least in my own opinion. As for a sports movie, check out the sports documentary “Act as If,” about the Harvard women’s basketball team, and their winning coach, Kathy Delaney-Smith. It’s about the way she motivates her players, using “act as if.” You think it, you act that way, you’re on the way to succeeding (and winning). The filmaker was one of her players, and she counts the coach as a major influence in her life. During the player’s senior year, she blew out her knee and spent the year captaining the team from the bench, while recovering. (During that same year, the coach had breast cancer and used “act as if” as a way to cope with that, too.)

    1. sittingpugs Post author

      Athletes already have athletics! Way more opportunities for them than for musicians, artists, etc.

      Hey Liz! Thank you so much for your response. Participating in sports is as much about fun and the play part as it is competition and career. One could argue sports should be more about the fun part.

      Isn’t there some anecdote about professional athletes retiring the moment their beloved game starts to feel like a job rather than a passion?

      Thanks for the tip about the documentary. I looked it up on the YT.

      Cool stuff.

      I’m curious as to how you stumbled across this entry. Random hyperlink trail?

  2. jammer5

    Grade school today is still centered around life as it was way back in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. If real life was still like that, okay. But it’s not. School could be directed towards fulfilling the individual students needs, including those who seek a life in sports, but I’m afraid that’s a long way off.

    And that’s a shame, as there’s no telling where our kids would be, intellectual and/or sports wise if that were a reality.

  3. Kennedy Wong

    I think IMG Academy in FL is probably the most famous US Sports school. It seems to do well as it produces or plays a big part in producing a lot of the Better Soccer Players that come out of the US, like Freddy Adu and a couple other guys who are on the US Men’s Team or playing in Europe now.

    I went to a High school for the arts and our Athletics Sucked…wished it would have been a school for the arts and sports!!

    And it’s HILARIOUS that the kids of your neighbors are the one’s who are complaining about the noise! Kids now at days, jeez! I guess they just don’t make kids like they used to! lol

    1. sittingpugs Post author

      I googled the phrase “high school for the arts” and then “high school for math science” for those embedded links up top. I did the same for “high school for sports” and “athletics” and didn’t see anything applicable.

      I just looked up IMG Academy and I do believe it’s as close to a sports school as the one I was envisioning.

      This bit is interesting: Not to mention you can attend a private school with a college prep curriculum and/or gain college credits from the University of Miami.

      It’s like boarding school and sports summer camp rolled into one. Here’s their story….n 1978, Nick Bollettieri pioneered the concept of a tennis boarding school that combined athletic training and academic education into one integrated curriculum. In 1987, IMG bought the Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy. Nick Bollettieri’s approach to teaching was so successful that by 1993 this comprehensive training approach was expanded to additional sports – golf, soccer, baseball and basketball.

      The neighbors’ kids are either 7 and 3 or 8 and 5. I purchased a smaller kickball and a mini-basketball today from Sports Authority. I’ll be making more noise the next time it’s dry outside.

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