The pros and cons of elite level sports

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The pros and cons of elite level sports

What are the pros and cons of pursuing elite level sports for your kid? Obviously, if you are pursuing sports in an elite level for your kid, he has some serious skills. Hopefully, your kid wants to pursue it at that higher level and it's not you, as the parent, that is pushing them. I think that's the most important thing. I think the other super important thing to remember is if your kid gets a football scholarship to college -- I mean, the schools give out 80 scholarships to the football team. Out of those 80 players that come through every year, three or four of them make it beyond college and plays in the pros. What I would say to a parent that has a kid who is a great athlete is that every level that they do, celebrate everything they do. Hopefully, he is the greatest thing that ever comes, and you are lucky parents, but he's probably amazing and enjoy it. They probably won't go to a certain level. Celebrate it because it something they are passionate about and you are passionate about. It's amazing.

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Neil Tardio is a Los Angeles based director whose work spans across commercials, music videos, television/web series, and screenwriting.  He has won numerous awards including four Cannes Lions, four Clios, two London Art Directors Awards, 12 Addys, and 30 Tellys, exceeding more than 100 honors. His spot "Joint Man", for A Partnership with a Drug Free America, was nominated for an Emmy.

After graduating from Boston University, Tardio began his career as an agency producer and writer for such agencies as Saatchi & Saatchi and DDB/Chicago before launching into a full time directing career. Tardio’s first assignment as a director was to create the 1992 Peabody Award winning “Rock The Vote” special for Madonna.

Tardio went on to direct 32 episodes of a children’s sports program called PE TV, which aired on channel 1, and then ESPN.  He co-created and directed the web series, Lifeisode.   Tardio has directed music videos for numerous acts, most notably for The Red Hot Chili Peppers and Queen Latifia.  His original screenplay, Son of Santa, was sold to United Artists and he is currently writing a television series with Mitch Hurwitz. Tardio is attached to direct the feature film ShortCut Man based on the critically acclaimed novel by  P.G. Sturges.  

Tardio’s work packs the double whammy - funny and award winning. Now at Third Street Mining Company, his work exhibits realistic characters, witty style, and an attention to detail that exemplifies the highest standard of commercial work. He recently finished major successful campaigns for ESPN, Coke, AT&T, Volkswagen, Virgin, Budweiser, and Burger King to name a few.

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