Sport is so much more than the games we see on TV. It is a universal language that is woven deeply into our society and touches nearly every aspect of our lives. Now more than ever, sport is a common thread that unites people of all cultures across the globe – from the Olympics to the World Cup of Soccer to the Super Bowl. The benefits of sport extend far beyond the playing field. Participation in sport enhances health and academic achievement, supports family life, boosts the economy, and instills civic pride.
"Sport and physical education can motivate children and youth to attend and engage in formal and informal education, as well as improve academic performance and learning outcomes. Sport can teach transferable life skills and key values such as tolerance, inclusion and can lead towards learning opportunities beyond school.” – The United Nations
The competitive spirit, pushing physical and emotional limits, perseverance, discipline, and teamwork are universally admired qualities that transcend athletics.
Sport can challenge us physically, but it can also challenge our mentality and open our minds to new possibilities.
Athletes provide vivid examples of excellence and inspire us to reach beyond our limitations and what we previously thought possible.
Because sport is so ubiquitous it is the perfect bridge for students to connect ideas and concepts across disciplines.
If you can play, you can play.