Essay about Sports And Its Impact On Society

1007 Words Nov 11th, 2016 5 Pages
Among today’s society there are an abundance of critics of sport. They criticize the politics, money, and behavior among sport and how it can affect an individual. Most of those critics also believe that sport does not build character. I partially agree to this statement; however, I believe that sport can build character when it is practiced in an environment that thrives on and teaches character and moral development. Then the athlete has an opportunity to become morally developed and gives them situations to test their moral maturity. Personally, without sports I do not think that I would be as well versed in working together with people that I might not like personally, dealing with criticism in a positive manner, how to respond to adversity, and many other things. In the last three years alone, every coach that I have had has stressed character and lessons that we will use in our lives beyond sport above the sport itself. This may not be true for all, but for the sport environment that I have grown up in, I have been taught character development, so I believe that it is very possible. Many of the studies done that test whether an athlete is more morally developed than a nonathlete have found that athletes are overall less morally developed than the average nonathlete. Dr. Stoll stated in class that studies conducted by her and one of her students found similar results. They also looked at the results between different sports and found that certain sports’ participants…

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