“Sports are such a great teacher. I think of everything they’ve taught me: camaraderie, humility, how to resolve differences.” -Kobe Bryant
Living in an egocentric world guided by individuality there are very few moments shared in unison. One of those few moments happen to be those brought about by the event of Sport. May it be the participants or the audience, they find themselves as part of a greater cause, resulting in the breaking down of invisible walls brought about by status, caste or religion. They root for the same team, keeping aside all differences. It is that moment in time where each of their demands find cohesion for a WIN.
The Olympic rings which interlock with each other symbolize the five continents coming together, sharing an atmosphere of homogeneity.
Sport can contribute to strengthening national pride. When India plays a hard fought game of cricket, men and women are glued to the nearest television set, all hoping for their country to win. The sky being lit up with the most glamourous fireworks is an indication of victory achieved and cheered on by millions of supporters.
When South Africa won the Rugby World Cup in 1995, it allowed the country to heal wounds caused by apartheid preventing a state of conflict.
Athletes too are major pioneers of spreading positivity off the field as well. LeBron James, Serena Williams and David Beckham are few of the many professional celebrities engaging with society, making a difference by providing healthcare, education and opportunities to those in need.
The impact of sport is intangible, by bringing a community together and looking up to athletes as role models. It should motivate us as individuals to work hard towards goals, be conscious citizens of the world and to never lose our passion in life.
Team Bayside Sports