Watch Your Mouth: Teaching young athletes

Some local athletes are now more equipped to deal with the pressures of the world watching them.{} Star athletes get a lot of attention.{} However, many students are never taught how to deal with that attention or how to capitalize on it.{} That's one reason former Crimson Tider Chris Rogers put together the "Watch Your Mouth" seminar.{} The event brought panelist from across the community.{} Some played collegiate and professional sports and others have succeeded in the business world and have an interesting perspective to share.The "Watch Your Mouth" seminar offered advice on things as simple as tying a tie and dressing for success, to deeper topics like handling bullying and rape.{} There were a lot of basic respect and delivery knowledge, like how to present yourself.{} There was focus on eye contact, firm handshakes and the use of the words "ma'am" and "sir."{} Another interesting aspect of the symposium was media training.{} Rogers says it can only take one soundbite to ruin an athlete. {}One parent brought his 16-year-old son to the event.{} Victor Simmons says his family teaches a lot of this information, but these experts can delve further and offer an interesting perspective, having lived through some of this.{} Simmons really wanted his son to learn what could happen if you're not careful with social media, "Nothing is sacred. Once you put it on there it's for everyone."Rogers said he got the idea, by simply being an athlete and acknowledging that he need help. "I saw skill sets I struggled with and my team mates struggled with," so Rogers said he rounded up experts to give back to the community and the sport that changed his life. "Together Assisting People," or TAP, expects to do more training sessions like these in the future.{} To find out more about the organization, go to TAP INC