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Does Participating in Team Sports Develop Good Character?
Last Updated: Oct 21, 2013 | By Tara Carson The method for learning principles of good character varies for each person. A child may pursue science, music or writing, depending on her interest level. Each of these subjects provides opportunities for learning perseverance, commitment and discipline, but perhaps playing a sport more than any other activity gives a child the tools she needs to understand human
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relationships and a model for positive behavior in society. As a character-
builder, a sport tests the link between principles and action in a safe setting that sets the stage for a child's decisions throughout her lifetime.
The principles of good character include honesty, courage, compassion, generosity, fidelity, integrity, fairness, self-control and prudence, according to the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University, a Jesuit-based higher educational institution. These principles become characteristics when people practice them, which is the role sports play. A sport provides a setting for children, and adults, to practice principles that help them develop good character in a fun and controlled environment.
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