I was blessed with a family that happens to love going to sporting events.. Most families would take vacations, my family would just take "family" days and go to sporting events all year long- high school, minor leagues, professional. I remember as a kid growing up, my dad would play baseball, kickball, and football with me growing up. I remember having neighbor kids wanting to come over and play kickball with my dad, mom, sister, and I. The teams were small so we had imaginary runners, but at the age of 8, it's not a big deal. Threw the baseball with my dad a lot. My dad actually taught me the game of football and baseball growing up.
But, I loved going to high school football games with my parents and we brought friends along as well. I'm from small school football MAC country in Ohio, so Friday night football was our life. I only recall missing 2 high school football games from approximately 3rd or 4th grade to graduation and our season was usually 13-15 weeks long all year. My dad taught me the game of football by going. I remember as a junior high kid, my dad asked that instead of running around with kids at these games that I sit up there/watch and learn the game by watching it with him. I never played a down of football, but I learned quite a bit about the game from going.
Crazy thing is, my dad taught has brought the love of hockey to my mom and I now. We own season tickets to the Columbus Blue Jacket's so we split tickets all year long between my dad, mom, I, and girlfriend. Even at the age of 26 now... My dad, mom, myself, and my girlfriend all went to Game 3 of the 2017 playoffs vs the Penguins together.