Parents: Going to your kids’ games matters

In the winter of 1997, I was six years old and playing my first year of basketball for Salem Parks and Recreation. I was on the yellow team — seriously, we didn’t even have a team name.

One of the days where we had a game, my dad had scored tickets to go see the Portland Trail Blazers take on the Utah Jazz. I fully assumed that he was going to miss my my game to go . . .

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