At a local pizza joint I ran into a friend, Mark Arjes, who runs the organization Youth 1stFrom their Facebook site: Our mission is to put the development of the young person as the 1st priority of all youth activity programs in the community. This Message runs counter to the current culture where parents look at their sons and daughters, at increasingly earlier and earlier ages, as sport specific players in pursuit of a college scholarship. If we put the primary focus on developing core values in the young person, we will see kids who have a foundation of balance in their life that will allow them to better deal with the variety of pressures that high school students face today. Their success on and off the field will be determined by their ability to make good life decisions based on who they are and how they are wired. in Owatonna. After sitting down for a Tuesday lunch, he came over to my booth and asked what I was doing on Thursday. Off-guard, I told him I had nothing planned. He had free tickets for a Minnesota Viking’s pre-season game, he said. I paused, nodded, stated that I’d like to go, mumbled something about my dad (both former baseball coaches of mine).