There’s a reason we don’t see one great volleyball player on a bad team, or one great swimmer on a bad swim team, or one great team in a bad league. To develop and sustain excellence, it’s critical to have a team that can support and challenge players to be great, and a league that challenges teams to be great. In the same way, it’s impossible in a sustained way to be one great homeless shelter in a dysfunctional system of poverty alleviation or one great medical research firm performing work in a neglected field.
The role that community nonprofit sports play in developing athletic greatness, in building strong young people and in strengthening community ties is taken up in this issue of Blue Avocado. We also feature an article on a touchy subject — whether boards should hold executive sessions without staff present. And a humor article on another controversial subject: bad shoes in the nonprofit sector — and a reader-submited 3-Minute Vacation. Enjoy this issue! — Jan Masaoka
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