The Role of Sports & Athletics in Our Society

Nowadays women engage themselves in sports and athletics as much as men. Women are nowadays as much involved as men, and so are kids and adults. Moving around a neighborhood one is sure to find individuals participating in a soccer or basketball match among other sports and athletics. In elementary schools and all the way up to college it’s no different, sports and athletics have become almost mandatory. But are they just games or what role do they really play in our 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. Spectators would gather around to watch different teams or even individuals battle it out to emerge victorious in their specific games. The winner may not necessarily get a reward for it but often the feeling of accomplishment and being unbeaten would be enough.

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. The reasoning is rather obvious, there is a big difference in the society today and what it was then. Using the youth as an example, now they are more prone to engage themselves in drug abuse and other sort of criminal behavior. 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 involving youths in some kind of sports and athletics it keeps them engaged from time to time, minimizing or even eliminating this susceptibility.

Another role that sports and athletics play in the society plays is in keeping us healthy and fit. This is because it is also a way of exercising and staying fit, even when one is not fully aware that he is actually exercising. You may be playing basketball to pass time or just to have fun, but also keeping fit at the same time. The modern lifestyle needs one to frequently exercise if they are to live a healthy life. A society that actively participates in sports and athletics is therefore a healthy one.

Another importance of sports and athletics is on the possibility of getting an income from them. 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. Many of the problems that are a thorn to today’s society can actually be solved if the youth, women and men engage in sports activities from time to time.

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