Somehow I got behind on my weekly blogs, gotta do a better job of staying current, but I thought I had to write this anyways.
A few weeks back, on March 23rd to be precise, the Powerball jackpot had grown to a whopping $358 million dollars and like lots of folks I stood in line to invest my two dollars on a chance to make my dreams come true, honestly in my head I had spent about a $100 million before I would drive over to St. Paul to collect my winnings. As I past grocery stores, gas stations, or any place with a lottery sign, many of them had long lines of people who had similar hopes of I did, some spending two dollars and some a whole lot more.
As I was driving home I thought about, what was really my odds of striking it rich overnight? I have to tell you it changed my mood, with a little bit of research I discovered that my odds of winning that jackpot were not good, my chance was about 1 in 176 million.
Further research on odds would tell me I had a better chance of being crushed by a vending machine at 1 in 112 million, or maybe being elected President of the United States at 1 in 10 million, even being struck by lightening at 1 in million.
Ironically or maybe just coincident on Sunday, March 24 many kids on their parents would flock to gyms as official try-outs would be held for spring and summer basketball. Attracted by the added incentives of Beat headphones, the 2013 version of the latest shoes , uniforms with either a swoosh, three stripes or perhaps under armour( the latest entry into the shoe wars). Promises of college and NBA type travel schedules (missing at least one day of class weekly I remind you),playing with the best or against the nation’s best competition or playing in the front of the likes of coaches like Pitinio, Izzo, Marshall, or even Coach K. Many parents would be investing much more than the two dollars I spent on the Powerball for chance for their son or daughter to get exposure or maybe exposed, but there was always the chance that he or she may earn that sometimes elusive Division I scholarship and even possibly position themselves for that future opportunity to play in either the NBA or WNBA.
Ironically this sounds a lot like playing the powerball or mega-million to me, so once again I decided to do a little research. In Minnesota, which is my home base, the local youth sports Organization reports that last spring there were 3,500 teams at various levels for Boy’s and Girl’s. This doesn’t include those programs that market themselves as only “Playing out of town competition….Because if you want to be the best you have to play against the best”
The Minnesota State High School league reports that on the boy’s side there are 467 participating schools playing basketball and 13, 481 participants. For Girl’s there are 456 participating schools with 11, 630 participants.
Nationally, for Boy’s there are 18,099 participating schools and 535,289 participants. Girl’s there are 17,768 participating schools and 435,885 participants
Stay tone for Part 2 as I break these numbers any further, remember in 2013 we are focusing on Choices or Chances and maybe on March 23rd and 24th , just maybe it was ironic or even a coincident that the Powerball and Spring- Summer created such a frenzy for those chasing their dreams.