What Is The Importance Of Sports Essay

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Many schools have outstanding bands, artists and students but they aren’t considered to be as important as sports. When a student gets a scholarship or a lead part in a play they are congratulated by many but the community does not take victory as their own like they do with sports. The adults putting so much value on sports rubs off on the students. The popular students were the stars of the sports teams. The athletes look down on those who aren 't involved in sports. What is worse is when a student tries to play a sport and is considered a poor player. The top athletes encourage them, while they run their laps and try to do the plays, in hope that the couch will play them more; but the encouragement is more patronizing than inspirational. …show more content…
I remember one game where it snowed. You could see your breath and the air hurt your lungs as you ran. We were all bundled up as tight as we could while keeping our SK jerseys visible. Even as elementary students they were preparing us to fight for the school 's reputation. We are taught to be competitive and I think it is also natural for humans to be competitive. In the past, and even today, people need to be competitive to survive, that 's survival of the fittest. Whether humans are competing over food or jobs, there is always going to be people on the top and people on the bottom. Evolution has made many species competitive, creating a pecking order for many species, including ours. When we are competitive we don’t want to be seen as weak. Often a person who lost isn’t upset about not winning but upset with having others beat them. Players don 't just want to win for their team but for themselves. “not only important for national but also masculine identity” (Sanabria, 318) It is not just about the team, it is also personal where winning or losing can define you. “associated with the deployment of some male virtues; courage, physical strength, tactical rational playing and moral endurance.” (Archetti in Sanabria, 318) When a person loses it can be conveyed as the person is not strong. Even when a person loses they might act out in other ways to …show more content…
There was a girl who was supposed to be considered one of the best. Her father was star high school athlete and everyone expected the same from her. Even on the same team there was competition and I was beating her. I was getting played more and playing better against her while we scrimmage. I was the shy quiet one on the team but since I was doing better on the court she started to resent me. My friends would come to me and tell me things she had said about me not being as good as a player as the coach thinks. She and her friend started to roughly double team me in practice. We still don 't get along to this day all because of the tension on the court. The soccer war reminded me of times like this when the battle was carried on outside the game. I have seen other friendships fall apart because of the competitiveness of the team. Unlike the quote “Whether it’s something we celebrate together, or a shipwreck that takes us all down” (Galeano in Sanabrias, 316) our athletes seem to play for themselves. They all want to be the star of the team and they let this destroy friendships because to them it is more important to appear powerful than keep their

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