Ever wonder why so many people have such a universal love affair with sports?
No need to wonder. For most of our species’ existence on this planet it was those among us who could run fast, throw hard, and lift strong who (literally) saved our lives every day. No doubt they were honored every bit as much as the wisest minds in the clan.
Even today, regardless of our nation or culture, humanity still holds universal honor and regard for our best athletes.
As a lifetime educator, I can certainly understand why.
A student who plays a sport is also more likely to excel in academics than those who don’t play. No, don’t take my word for it. Look up the research. P.S. - I’m saving art, music, dance, theater, and all those other great extra-curricular activities for another column. This one deals with sports.
Playing a sport helps a student focus more on taking care of their health. And everyone knows that American students today, in general, are not exactly the fittest generation ever.
A student who plays a sport learns the value of physical and mental perseverance, no matter their skill level.
And what about learning teamwork? Few skills prove more worthy out in the “real world” - and it’s a skill that not even the best book or brightest computer program can teach our kids.
Sports are a microcosm of “the way life is”. And the way life is - is a combination of competition and cooperation.
Few things can teach a child how better to graciously handle the thrill of victory or the agony of defeat more than playing a sport. Again, regardless of the child’s skill level.