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Three dollars and a can of tennis balls. That's all it took for Eric Legg to get hooked on recreational sports. Growing up, he played all the major team sports, but a class offered by a local recreation department allowed him to funnel his competitive passion into a sport that would pay tremendous dividends. He credits the adults who mentored him as a tennis player. Now, as an assistant professor in the ASU School of Community Resources and Development, Legg researches the role youth sports plays in the development of kids.
In this podcast, Legg talks about the important role youth sports played in his own development and what research he's currently working on. He chimes in on the concept of participation trophies, (spoiler alert, he's not a big fan). And reveals why he's a fan of a musical sensation involving rap, hip hop and history.