Sometimes it can be one of the hardest lessons learned in competition for both parents and kids.

More than 100 youth coaches and parent boosters will meet on Monday night to talk about good character in competition at the “Why We Play” workshop.

The Anoka-Hennepin School District is hosting the free workshop from 5:45 to 9 p.m.. on Monday at the Coon Rapids High School auditorium, 2340 Northdale Blvd. NW., Coon Rapids.

The district is teaming up with the Anoka-Hennepin Education Foundation and the Minnesota State High School League to organize the event. Presenters will discuss the importance of responding to mistakes positively and defining success by more than the numbers on the scoreboard.

“Youth coaches have the unique opportunity to teach, shape and impact students positively. They may not realize it now, but these coaches are influential well into the future,” said Anoka-Hennepin Schools Associate Superintendent Jeff McGonigal. “Character is developed throughout a child’s life and the experiences that children have early in their extracurricular and academic career are critical. Students develop physical and mental skills that prepare them for conflicts and teamwork when competing in high school sports and later in life.”

Coaches may register to attend online through Anoka-Hennepin Community Education at