Organized sport’s is often promoted as a character-building activity for the young. Participating in team sports helps to develop good character because sports involve team work, gaining of social experiences and helps relieve stress. Working toward a common goal is an integral part of the sports experience for athletes. It is through this experience that some grow into leaders and others into strong supporters, both of which a team will need to be successful. Finding their role on a team is a similar experience to finding your meaning in life, a definite life experience for participants.
Team sports such as basketball, football and soccer underscore the necessity of working together to achieve your goals. Players learn firsthand how to achieve success through hard work, perseverance and consistency. Teamwork is a very versatile character trait. It can be used in many parts of life, from sports to the workplace. They teach you not only how to lead, but how to take directions from someone else. This is a trait that many people can use in their careers as most people have careers where they need to interact and work with others as a team. As a child I learned these things through team work. Team work promotes the sense of achievement. I began to see and appreciate the impact each member of the team had on me personally and as a group. I was constantly learning to work well with others and develop respect for each other's unique talents.
Participating in sports gives athletes the ability to develop tight and lasting friendships with others who have common interests. This is a valuable experience that usually leaves them with lasting life long memories. There are some positive social benefits to sports participation that are easily overlooked by many. This holds true for all athletes whether they compete in individual and/or team sports and activities. Team sports develop interpersonal skills; they teach children how to communicate with others. In...
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