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Why Do Sports Matter?

01/26/2016

Why do sports matter? This has been a question that has baffled people for ages. However, I believe that I have an answer. I think that sports matter because they bring people together. The thing that makes us continue to devote so much of our time to sports is that as a society we like to associate ourselves with things that are bigger than we are. The most important thing that we can learn from sports as a society is how to deal with failure and disappointment.

Sports matter because they unite us as a human race. I have read stories where family feuds have been ended by watching a sporting event together. I have many personal experiences with this. One experience I have with this is with my high school’s state championship run in 2012. During the spring of my junior year, a good friend of mine passed away unexpectedly. After we got over the initial shock and grief of his death, we came together as a team and decided to dedicate our season to him. We ended up having an undefeated season and went on to win the 2012 3A State Championship in Louisiana. It was just amazing to see what we could accomplish when we had a common vision and a common goal. I believe that when we as a civilization rally around a common goal, we can accomplish anything that we set our minds to. This does not have to necessarily involve sports; it can involve anything that people can set a goal towards.

Many people have been asking why we devote so much of our time to sports. I think that I can answer this problem. I believe that we as a society devote so much of our time to sports because we like to associate ourselves with things that are bigger than we are. I believe that the movie “Fever Pitch” sums this issue up extremely well. In the movie, we learn that Jimmy Fallon’s character is obsessed with the Red Sox because when he moved to Boston he did not know anyone and used the team to fill the void of not having any friends. Mr. Fallon even admits in the movie that he fell in love with the Red Sox because they were safe and reliable. They were always there for him, even when no one else was. Jimmy believed that the Red Sox were bigger than he was. They also made him feel better about himself and his circumstances.

I am a big believer in children playing sports while they are growing up. I think that it is vital for a child to grow up playing sports nowadays. We now live in a world where people feel like that they need to coddle their children. However, sports do not allow that to happen. Sports are real and can expose you for who you really are. If you are talented at them, then you will be rewarded. If you are bad at them, you will never succeed at them. That is the way that life is. The sooner that these future generations learn this lesson, the better off that they will be for the rest of their lives. A sport also teaches you how to deal with failure and disappointment. This is an absolute necessity in order to be able to succeed in life. If a person is not able to deal with these things, then they could not function in society.

There are many reasons as to why sports matter. Sports can both unite us and tear us apart at the same time. Sports will continue to matter as long as people want them to. As long as society needs sports, then they will continue to exist. Thus, as long as people want to read about sports, people will continue to write about them. Sports can be the thing that teaches a person to be able to handle whatever life throws at them.

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