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Playing Sports Helps Kids Learn Teamwork

By Izaia Bullock
On April 5, 2017

Photo Courtesy of Tom Peterson



People always bash sports and always talk about the injuries, but there are so many positives to playing sports. Sports teach children about commitment, teamwork, discipline, character, respect for others and it can help kids stay out of trouble. I would recommend sports to all parents who have kids and even to those older because of all of its benefits. Throughout our lives, we participate in some form of commitment, discipline, or teamwork; if they can be developed at a young age, then we should take advantage of it. At some point in life, people enter relationships, and commitment has a big impact on that. Commitment can be hard no matter how old you are, but when you have had past experiences with commitment, then it would be easier. Along with commitment, discipline is a factor in a relationship as well. Throughout a relationship, we are tempted sometimes to talk to others or people try to talk to people in relationships. If we are disciplined, then the chances of responding will be less likely. Lastly, there is teamwork, and in sports people do things together to complete a task and when in a relationship that is the same goal.
In addition, sports build character and respect for others. The best thing about most sports is the diversity within them. People who play sports at a younger age develop the ability to get along with different races, cultures and sexes compared to those who wait. Throughout 13 years of sports, I have played with different kinds of people and learned to respect my teammates because we are all equal, and because of that it built my character. Character takes people a long way in life and teaches people how to deal will others who are weaker and persevere. Chris Johnson, American football player, said, “Team sports teach you how to get along with other people. A true mark of your character will be in how you treat that person who is the weakest link, when you are the strongest link.”
Lastly, sports help keep children out of trouble and they distract them from all the other things they could be doing. Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine saved more than 14,000 teens and the results showed that there was less sexual activity for those teens, less percentage to carry weapons, do drugs and they had better eating habits. Trouble is something that can find anyone, but if we could limit the chances through sports for our youth then we should. Michigan University did a study in 2003-2004 and 2005-2006 that showed if school’s sports participation went up 10 percent, then crime rates would decrease. If we could lower crime rates, adolescents can have a better opportunity to succeed.
In conclusion, sports are very beneficial and the lessons you learn from them can carry into the future of kids or even adults. Sports teach commitment, teamwork, discipline, character, respect for others, and it can help kids stay out of trouble. Playing sports or being active can become an intergenerational cycle and the more active kids there are, the more active parents will be. Sports have so many benefits and I think we should all try to participate in some form of sports.



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