The Power of Sports

Spencer - North Carolina
Entered on October 23, 2008
Age Group: Under 18
Themes: sports
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I believe in sports. If one is playing a sport they are bound to be having fun. The enticing cheers of the crowd and the tempting challenge of the game always seem to lure people into becoming a player. But sports are more than just games to me. Sports have taught me life values such as teamwork, dedication, and time management.

Through my years of playing baseball, teamwork has been crucial for success. I’ve learned that there is no one that can do everything perfectly on their own. In baseball especially, a joint effort is needed for victory. Numerous players must get hits in order to outscore the opponent—one hit will normally not win a game. Everyone in the field must also do well to ensure victory because any error committed could cost the team the game. Even in individual sports teamwork is needed. A sole player can not get better without the help of some sort of trainer. Through my experiences, sports have taught me that teamwork is a great asset.

In every sport dedication is required to do well. Physical and mental strength is needed and for most it must be improved upon. The mental aspect of the game comes from experience and from coaches’ instructions. The physical part is the player’s responsibility. Through weight lifting, cardio, and diet I have improved my physical condition greatly over the years, just as many athletes do.

Juggling my sport with strenuous courses has proven difficult. Hours of homework can’t be started at 11:00 at night and eating dinner in five minutes isn’t very healthy. Time management is a skill I’ve developed through sports. I’ve learned to plan out my assignments so I have more free time to do what I please. Time management is useful skill that will help me in the future with college and with my career.

I believe in sports because of the life lessons they teach. I’ve learned cooperation, commitment, and organization are necessary for success. If more people participated in sports the world would be a better place.