Poverty was and still is his greatest motivation

Today he is one of the best Belgian football players, being among five players who ever scored 50 goals in the Premier League before the age of 23, and holding a record for the most goals scored for the Belgian National Team. Everton sold him to Manchester United last year for £75 million, making him …

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Competitive sports at what costs?

A mother, also a wealth management advisor, that helps people to achieve financial goals, one day stopped and wondered, how much of her son’s college she could pay for if she placed all the money spend on competitive baseball he played, into a 529 college saving plan. Here’s what she found out. My eldest son, …

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The financial struggle of Ireland’s top tennis player

James McGee is Ireland’s number one tennis player, currently ranked 722nd in the world, but with the highest rank of 146th in 2015. He has been playing for Ireland Davis Cup Team since 2009, starting in the 400s, in a strong need of funding to really push on, but unfortunately got stuck. After 5 years …

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The dark side of chasing the pro cycling dreams

We are floated with success stories from sports that make it all look glamorous and way too easy. But the reality is that every success story carries a tale of struggle, failure, missed opportunities and dreams. Here is a story of Luke Parker, now 24 years old Australian cyclist, who did what many of young …

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Hard and lonely road to tennis glory

Aleksandra Wozniak (30), a former top-25 Canadian tennis player, was forced to arrange a quick cheap flight back home, after losing a match at the small tournament in Dothan, Ala. There she would prepare for the next small tournament just a week later in Charlottesville, Va. On both tournaments, Wozniak, a veteran making a comeback, …

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The cost of youth sports is out of control

Youth sports is often a full family commitment that sacrifices other interests and opportunities, and costs can be a strong burden on parent’s pockets, no matter which sport their kids practice. Janine Boldin’s daughter was a cheerleader, she was 8 years old and was practising five days a week when Janine decided it just might …

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Welcome to the expensive world of youth sports

Dwight and Judy Carter Davis had travel 4,508 miles to Scotland, the “Home of Golf”, and spend $4,800 over 10 days to watch their 14-years-old son Ian compete in the U.S. Kids Golf European Championship 2017 at the Royal Musselburgh Golf Club. He finished tied for 32nd place in the 13-year-old group. The Davis family …

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How support for parents in sport has changed across a generation

Head of Wellbeing at the Youth Sport Trust, Chris Wright, discusses how support for sports parents has dramatically changed for the better since the last decade. At the age of 14, I was a talented squash and football player. I was an England international under the then England Squash coach Jonah Barrington and was representing …

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