As a coach who spends a majority of my time working with young players, I love seeing kids being athletes. Not kids being golfers, or baseball players, or softball players, but athletes.
In a recent PGA of America education course, called PGA.coach, the emphasis was all about being junior athletes. Coming from a golf-first organization, I think that is an awesome approach. There are so many golf-related skills and movements that can be learned by playing other sports and experiencing different activities. I've taught different golf movements by relating them to hockey, tennis, and even baseball. Gaining these experiences from other sports is great for more than just learning the game too; other activities teach life skills and help develop great people.
Golf can teach lots of life lessons. Honesty, integrity, and keeping a positive mindset are a few that come to mind. Other activities can teach great life skills too, and can help strengthen the skills learned by playing golf. Teamwork, building friendships, and communication are a few skills that come to mind when thinking about what can be learned elsewhere and brought to the golf course.
Do I like when kids want to play golf and focus on the game? Absolutely! It's also important to be a kid, try new things, play other sports, and gain experience and skills that can make even better golfers and people. Encourage every kid to give golf a try, along with something else too;)