Sports: more than a game

From the outside looking in, sports may look foolish or unnecessary. A lot of times people don’t understand how you can get all worked up over a game. However, what they don’t see is the amount of effort and time you put in to be the best.

For instance, lets say that you worked hours on your 10-page English final. You put all your time and effort into that one essay to get the best grade, and the teacher gives you a low grade. It is the same when you play a sport and work hard everyday to have the other team defeat you.

“Sports is a common language that teaches people from all backgrounds and cultures important life lessons about responsibility, respect, preparation, commitment and integrity,” said Aaron Landon, men’s head basketball coach, “Beyond that, sports teach us how to compete against others which is a critical skill for success as an adult in today’s world.”

Playing sports has the ability to bring people of all different backgrounds into one unit to work towards a common goal. It has the capability to bring together players, coaches, parents, and even countries.

“People of various diversity and backgrounds come together with a common goal. Many long-lasting friendships have been created through sports. If you ask athletes about their friendships, I guarantee many of them were introduced through sports,” said Shannon Stine, fastpitch coach.

It is no secret to anyone who has been around athletics that it has a way of bringing people together. The camaraderie you make with your teammates and coaches will last a lifetime and you cannot deny the certain life skills it teaches you; especially in the competitive world we live in today. “You understand that if you make the wrong decision that the game still goes on. Just like in real life, life still goes on and you have to deal with that decision,” said Pam Charpentier, athletic director.

Women’s Head Basketball Coach Mychael Heuer said, “I would be doing you a disservice if I didn’t teach you life lessons through athletics.”