I Believe in Sports

Shawn - Rexburg, Idaho
Entered on December 12, 2008
Age Group: 18 - 30
Themes: sports

From the time I was a little kid until now my life has been filled with sports. I have always loved watching and playing sports, and especially hearing about my dad’s football games. My family has always been into athletics and we get it from my dad. My dad played football in college and carried on the passion for sports to his boys. Now sports are not the absolute most important thing in my life. It gives me an adrenaline rush and excitement that nothing else can give. It’s the competitive spirit and the desire to improve.

Now that I am out of high school, competing in games and meets do not happen anymore. I still like to go outside and throw the football around with my little brother, but it’s not the same as suiting up for Friday night and getting out on the field. I also still love to run as fast as I can, but it’s not the same as kneeling down in front of the starting line and waiting for the gun to go off. The first sport I fell in love with was basketball, as I got older I started to get more into football, and that’s where I stayed. Nothing can build character or teamwork skills better than football; because on the football field, everyone has to work as a team or they won’t get anything done and will never win. Everybody has to fulfill their specific assignments or the play does not work. Football also results in many friendships. My senior year I had a lot of friends on the team that I’m sure I would have never talked to unless I would have been on the same team as them and spent so much time with them. About my freshman year of high school I started to notice that I was fast, and so did my coaches, so I originally decided to start track only to help me with football. I ran short distance sprints all through high school for the track team.

Football is a team game, but track is all up to my own individual performance, and that is why I like it. Some things in life need to be taken care of individually and sometimes a team effort is needed. That’s why I enjoy track and football differently is to help me prepare to handle different situations individually and also as a group or team. I strongly believe that sports helps kids today with challenges such as obesity and drugs. It’s proven that a child who exercises regularly due to sports is not going to be overweight. Also with the time that is put into sports, kids are too busy and involved to even think about experimenting with drugs or other illegal activities. Sports are an important part of my life and I will teach my kids to love them as much as I do, but if they don’t then that is fine too.