“The Spirituality of Sports” ~ Vince DiPasquale MA interviewed by Loretta Depka Zerbo, Executive Director

May 12, 2021

Play ball! On Thursday, April 29, 2021 our Founder, Vince DiPasquale, discussed why he sees sports as a gift that can teach us about life. Sports have rules, require patience, hustle and skill. On any given day, anything can happen. Even the best of hitters only connect 30% of the time. Life is a spiritual journey you play one day at a time. You never stop learning. In games and in life you can make mistakes and still come back. As Yogi Berra once said, “it ain’t over until it’s over.” Vince is a noted lecturer and educator who has been active in the field of addiction and recovery since founding The Starting Point in 1977. He lectures frequently on issues surrounding all types of addictions, grief-loss and separation, addictive relationships, co-dependency and its effect on families, as well as issues surrounding the adult child. He has recorded numerous CDs and videos, and is the author of several books including “Relationships – The Gifts of Life” , “Learn to Value Your Childhood- Your History is Your Teacher”, and My “Spiritual Journey.” More information about Vince can be found on his practitioner profile at https://startingpoint.org/practitioner/vince-di-pasquale-founder/. 0:00 Intro 1:44 Spirituality of Sports, develop your personal spirit 4:32 Children, adults, sports, business, & exploitation 7:42 Sports preparing one for adulthood & character building 10:21 Fun & failure 13:42 Professional sports business, do not model game after it. 17:30 Computer games & isolation 24:00 Players give back to community 27:20 Responsibility of Coaches 33:17 Difference between teaching & coaching 35:09 Teaching wisdom & spirit 39:50 Competition & participation trophies 43:00 Rear End Rule 44:22 Learn to adjust to situations The Starting Point Website: https://startingpoint.org/ To Donate Please Visit: https://startingpoint.org/todays-donation/ The Founder of The Starting Point Vince DiPasquale’s YouTube Channel : https://www.youtube.com/c/VinceDiPasquale/featured For Live & Virtual Meetings Please Visit The Starting Point Calendar: https://startingpoint.org/calendar/