“Gael fans in the crowd, c’mon everybody get loud!” Should school varsity sports be de-emphasized? No, in my opinion I don’t believe in de-emphasizing sports. I truly believe getting the students involved in sports keeps them out them out of trouble and motivates them to keep their grades up. It helps people that are shy make friends and promotes people that usually wouldn’t interact to connect because learning to be a teammate promotes working together. In the big picture everybody just wants to fit in and be liked and sports help everyone find their way of fitting in. Every teenage has a sport that fits their personality. For example, if someone was quiet and not an aggressive type, they might want to try and play golf. If there is an active, competitive, and more talkative teen, than basketball might be the perfect fit. Playing any sport has the potential to make a student a better person inside and out. Sports help a teen’s behavior out of school and in the classroom. They know that going to that party and drinking will not only keep them on the bench for 4 games, but will also disappoint the entire team. This concept helps the teens make better choices and when they do get out of line they acknowledge their bad choice and face the consequences of those actions. In order to play any sport students must have good grades. If they fail to do this they will be off the team and they know this which motivates them. In our high school if a player is absent from school they can’t participate in practice or attend the game that day. If students are late so many times in school, then they also get penalized, starting with a detention which cuts into practice or game time. Playing a varsity sport increases the chances of getting scholarships to colleges. Most athletes don’t have straight A’s or a 4.0 G.P.A. to get into the college they’ve always dreamed of, but may have a greater chance by playing sports. Scouts are always looking for...
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