One of my friends asked "why do you pay so much money for your kid to race go karts?" Well I have a confession to make. I don't pay for my kid to race his kart. Personally, I couldn't care less about karts. So, if I am not paying for kart racing, what am I paying for?

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- I pay for those moments when my son becomes so tired that he wants to quit, but doesn't.

- I pay for those days when my son comes home from school and is "too tired" to go to the track, but goes anyway.

- I pay for my son to learn to be disciplined, focused and dedicated.

- I pay for my son to learn to take care of his body and equipment.

- I pay for my son to learn to work with others and to be good teammates, gracious in defeat, and humble in success.

- I pay for my son to learn to deal with disappointment when he doesn't get that win he'd hoped for, but he goes back week after week giving it his best shot.

- I pay for my son to learn to make and accomplish goals.

- I pay for my son to respect not only himself, but other drivers, officials and coaches.

- I pay for my son to learn that it takes hours and hours, years and years of hard work and practice to create a champion, and that success does not happen overnight.

- I pay for my son to be proud of small achievements and to work towards long-term goals.

- I pay for the opportunity my son has and will have to make lifelong friendships and create lifelong memories, and to be as proud of his achievements as I am.

- I pay so that my son can be out on the track instead of in front of a screen.

...I could go on but in short, I don't pay for kart racing; I pay for the opportunities that provide my son with the ability to develop attributes that will serve him well throughout his life and give him the chance to bless the lives of others. From what I have seen so far, I think it's a great investment!

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