Why Sports Matter

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Final Reflection Paper It’s only a game. You hear it all the time. Many believe that sports are simply a game, and its meaning and impact remain limited to the field or court. However, I have always believed that sports are much more than just a game. This class has reinforced my belief, and it is great to see the meaning of sports being taught to others. Each class brought me back to the days when I first learned the sport, and how excited I was to play. Sports have always and will always be a part of my life. My first baseball game was at 17 days old. I played soccer, basketball, and baseball for years, but I soon found my passion on the diamond. I’ve played baseball for 16 years now, and I wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world. There really is nothing like standing on the mound 60 feet 6 inches away from the enemy. It’s just you and the batter locked in a battle. I know through years of personal experience that sports are so much more than a game. Sure, each game may not be a matter of life or death, but the impact sports has had on my life outside the field is undeniable and profound. To me, baseball is an escape, a place where the slate is wiped clean and success and failure is determined not by strength or size or popularity, but by skill and strategy. Sports taught me how to handle both success with pride and failure with optimism. Sports also gave me balance in my life. I could always leave my schoolwork behind and just go play. In some ways, sports saved my life, not from drugs or violent behavior, but in the sense that it kept me grounded and guided me in my growth toward the person I am today and always hoped I would be. Without sports, my life would look very different, and my outlets and interests might have led me along a very different path. Sports have not just had an invaluable impact on me but society as well. Certainly governments and
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