The Role of Sports & Athletics in Our Society
Engaging in sports and athletics is not confined to a specific gender or age group. Women are nowadays as much involved as men, and so are kids and adults. Going a few blocks in your neighborhood you are sure to find people engaging themselves in a basketball or football game among other types of sports. Similarly they have become part of the school curriculum, from elementary school to the university. The following looks at their importance in the society.
These sports and athletics have been there since the days of our forefathers, maybe just some variations on the types that were then and these that are now. People have been engaging themselves in these activities as ways of passing time and enjoying it at the same time. However, they had a role in the society then and also have their roles now. The spectators or fans may derive enjoyment from seeing the party they support emerge victorious, while the participants may receive a reward or want the feeling of accomplishment.
Also, they can be engagements that can help raise a morally upright society since they are mostly about discipline and doing things the right way. Engaging the youths in the society with particular sporting and athletics events has been a way of keeping them away from a lot of trouble. All it needs is for one to be idle enough, lacking something to do and would easily find themselves finding solace in drugs and narcotics. Now a lot of school going youths who had potential have dropped out of school or engage in criminal activities because of the drug problem. By actively participating in the sports and athletics one will be fully engaged with positive things and leave no room or little room to such negative influence.
It is a rare thing if not impossible to find someone actively involved in sports and athletics but still suffer from things like obesity and its resulting health complications. You may be playing soccer or basketball as a way of having fun with friends but unknowingly be exercising and keeping fit. You may be playing basketball to pass time or just to have fun, but also keeping fit at the same time. The result can be obesity and other associated health complications. A few minutes of running, jumping, throwing or walking are enough to ensure one sweats out all the unhealthy junk they might have consumed.
Traditionally it was thought that the only way to a successful and prosperous life was by getting a good education, and a white collar job. Gone are the days where an education or a white collar job was the way to a prosperous life. They could open a window of opportunities to many in the society who might have been otherwise found it hard to earn a decent living.
A society that embraces sports and athletics is on the right track to prosperity. They could actually be the only solution to the many problems we face today.