Some don’t even make the team. It’s more what’s inside.”
– Brett Favre
It is hard if not impossible to discover what sports can do for people if one does not play them. Lately, I have begun to think of the ways sports has helped me. Everyday I play a sport and I get a bit better, but ultimately I get a better understanding of what sports can do for someone. I have learned how sports taught me how to plan and think ahead when it comes to homework or other matters. Sports has also taught me hard work, resilience and sportsmanship. All over the place there are commercials, advertisements and demonstrations of how sports has helped kids get their life together, bring a community together and teach people how to be better citizens. Some people simply do not understand how sports can affect people and believe sports is shallow for unintelligent people, but I believe sports is very deep and it can teach people, especially kids, lifelong lessons and great habits.
I for one believe that sports has given me so much in life and I need to give back some thing. This piece is a reflection of my experiences and hopefully motivational to people who can appreciate it. I like to think of myself as an athletic and academic person and my typical day is academics in the morning and sports in the evening. Even after a long day of hard mental work I look forward to whatever practice or game organized later. I believe that sports help me keep my life in check because it gives me enough time to do schoolwork, but not much more so I do not waste time watching television or playing mindless games. During play in sports, my mind is sharp and alert thinking over academics and sports at the same time. This is where I can be optimal at learning how to run or move faster and at the same time learning how to deal with challenges. It saddens me when I hear of people who do not play sports because of lack of interest, financial issues, and even limited accessibility. These people are missing out so much in my view and they should not be. Everyone should get the opportunity to play because it so crucial for a healthy childhood, even if people are not the star player they are still out there learning of lifelong lessons and having memories that will last a lifetime.
Playing sports is very key part of a persons life because it can allow people to participate in many different ways. Even though sports can be viewed as the yang of academics the two subjects are in no way opposites, in fact they are so alike that it would be wrong to assume that if one does one of the two then they cannot do the other. To play sports is adding to the different things people can do to enrich in there lives be better citizens. Sports can be seen as a way to compete and this is true, but people can play them for fun or interest and still have a great experience.