Regarding "Devotion to single sports hurts kids" [Opinion, July 3], I could not disagree more!

I live in the Smithtown school distinct and have three children ages 15, 11 and 8. All three started playing lacrosse in second or third grade. They were awkward and clumsy at first but worked hard to improve their skills.

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A true family of support, including camps, clinics and caring coaches, helped them improve. My children feel as if they are a part of a dedicated network of coaches and parents. They made friends, and so did I.

Yes, there were many obstacles to overcome, but the life lessons of hard work, dedication, perseverance and humility have helped all of my kids become better people.

Dedication to one sport helps them focus on their best chance of continuing this love in college. My 15-year-old son has a possibility for a full athletic scholarship to a Division I college. Without sports, he probably would be just another student.

Sports have inspired my kids to excel academically, knowing this is equally important. I wonder if Pat Smith has taken a look at the long list of Division I lacrosse scholarships offered to Smithtown students. He mentioned baseball and basketball, but not lacrosse. That is where the scholarships are won on Long Island.

Renata Arceri, St. James