Archive for February, 2017

The Power of Sports

February 14, 2017

I believe in the power of sports. I have experienced it first hand.

The value of athletics in schools is significant.  It has a profound impact on individuals, the school, and on the community as a whole.

The importance of sports and athletic opportunities in schools encompasses more than just the benefits of physical activity. Not only does playing sports empower youth, promote higher self-esteem and increase mental alertness, it also motivates students and encourages them to earn better grades, especially in schools where obtaining certain grades is a prerequisite for staying on the team. Other benefits include maintaining an appropriate weight, preventing chronic diseases and learning the skills to continue a healthy lifestyle after graduation.  Learning good sportsmanship pro­vides guidelines that can be generalized to classroom and lifelong achievement.  Partici­pation in challenging sports contests teaches children to tackle classroom challenges and how to function in our competitive society.  Being part of an organized sports program provides an outlet for tension, frustration and stress release, encourages motor skill development and allows for social bonding.  Not only that, participation in extracurricular activities including membership on a sports team is appealing to college recruiters and helps create that highly-sought-after “well-rounded” individual.

The world of sports mirrors how one can play the game of school and life.  Good athletes stay in the game and play their best even when they are losing. They understand that sometimes they will win and sometimes they will lose. Children must learn that winning and losing are both temporary conditions and that they must continue and cannot just give up or quit. Athletes know how to discipline themselves. They practice with grueling regularity striving to achieve their maximum potential and master the necessary skills for their sport. Education, life accomplishments, creative contributions in the arts, sciences, business, and government involve similar perseverance and self-discipline.  Learning how to become a productive team player is also an important life skill especially for children who prefer to be the center of attention.  Offering less athletic program choices rather than more is clearly moving in the wrong direction.

Because of the many benefits of sports, it is imperative we continue to make athletic opportunities in school available to all students. As a parent or a stakeholder in our children’s overall educational experience, it is necessary for us to become involved and express our support for keeping athletic programs thriving and flourishing for years to come!

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