Well...... That's a buzz kill.
Charlie Brown was a 10 year old boy. The fact that no one around him gave him credit for not giving up or gave him a helping hand says more about those around him than it does about Charlie. It's not like he couldn't have kicked that football. Lucy was a mean spirited witch that reveled in her manipulation of him.
That being said, I do agree that kiting isn't looked at the same way here as it is elsewhere. I've shown YouTube clips to some people and they shake their head in disbelief at what is possible.