Athletes: The Power Of Sports

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Over 110 million people watched Super Bowl 50 when the Denver Broncos defeated the Carolina Panthers 24-10 (Kissell 1). People gathered all across the country with their family and friends to watch the two best teams in the NFL battle it out on the gridiron for supremacy. The Super Bowl is a prime example of the power of sports. Family and friends were united together to watch the game. Also, youth that watched the game observed the power of hard work and what one can accomplish if they set their mind to it. Finally, the game was a prime reminder of the power of sports to show society the best in all of us and inspire us to achieve to our potential. Although some believe that sports are nothing more than games, one should realize that sports …show more content…
Nearly every sporting contest has a favorite and an underdog. The favorite is the team or player expected to win and the underdog is expected to lose. However, sports do not always play out as expected. Players and teams that were an afterthought work together and pull off upsets that shock the country. Upsets such as this serve to inspire people because they demonstrate on a larger scale that seemingly insurmountable odds can be overcome. Sports help to inspire us by showing us our full potential as human beings. For instance, “Sports showcase the very best within us. It shows us the will to win. It reminds us that anyone with a common goal can find ways to work together. It demonstrates the power of the underdog and the folly of underestimating our opponents” (Symmonds 5). Sports are a microcosm of the struggles that we face every day, so it is an inspiration seeing the struggles be overcome by the players on the field. Perhaps there is an applicant for a manager position at a local business. He may not be the most qualified candidate and he may be considered an underdog of sorts, but just as what happens in the sports world, he may overcome the odds and get the job. This shows that sports are more than just a game because of the way that they inspire thousands of people to overcome the struggles that they face every day just as the …show more content…
These people believe that sports have no significant meaning besides providing a way to exercise and stay healthy. They believe that sports are nothing more than people running around a field/court trying to put the ball in the hoop or accomplish whatever the objective of the sport is. People that hold this belief fail to acknowledge the effects of sports on a larger scale. These people state that sports are just games intended to keep people healthy through exercise, but this is not the

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