The famous basketball coach John Wooden said, “Sports do not build character. They reveal it.”
Soccer superstar Mia Hamm said, “I am a member of a team, and I rely on the team, I defer to it and sacrifice for it, because the team, not the individual, is the ultimate champion.”
Often-maligned former President Richard M. Nixon said, “I don’t know anything that builds the will to win better than competitive sports.”
Watergate notwithstanding, all three quotes are accurate reflections of what we gain from sports when we participate in them. In simplest terms, they make us better people, revving up our engines helping us to prepare for the long game that is life – and let’s be honest, it’s long; you don’t determine the victors or losers that easily. At the end of the day, what matters is your character and how it develops. In other words, are you a team player or not? Will you never give up? Questions like that force us to reevaluate our lives on a daily basis and, hopefully, we become better people. Sports of course aren’t the only way toward self-improvement, but it doesn’t hurt, which is why it’s important for teens to get involved in sports.
There are a variety of reasons why teenagers can benefit from joining an athletic club or team, and not just because they already have a love of a specific sport. Even if someone initially has no interest in a specific sport, there are still plenty of ways they can benefit from getting involved in an athletic extracurricular activity. We’re here to go over some of the top reasons your daughter should consider getting involved in sports.
One of the major things that people who don’t play sports don’t tend to forget is that being a part of a team is not just about winning a game. It’s about making connections with people and working together for a common goal. Being on a sports team will teach your daughter both the benefits of working with others and the individual value she offers. This combination of teamwork and personal motivation truly make playing sports something more than just a game.
Playing sports is also a great way to stay physically fit. Just about every type of athletic sport requires some degree of physical skill, and striving to perform better can lead to other healthy changes in your child’s life. From working out to eating better, there are a number of ways in which playing a sport may encourage your daughter to be as healthy as possible. Playing a sport doesn’t just exercise the body however; the activity can also have positive impacts on mental health. In fact, being physically active is one of the best ways to reduce stress.
In many ways, playing a sport can help a person broaden their skill set and try something new. They may discover a whole new side of themselves, and it may even lead to a lifelong passion. These reasons and others are why you should encourage your daughter to get involved in a sport or even another type of extracurricular activity that will challenge her in new ways.
At Greenbrier Academy, we encourage our girls to participate in our adventure, sports, and our riding program. From our website, “The girls always look forward to these activities with a lot of excitement and anticipation. Depending on the time of year, the outings can include any of the following: white water rafting, kayaking, rock climbing, rappelling, spelunking, skiing and snowboarding, mountain biking, boating, fishing or hiking.”
As you can see, there is a sport for any kind of girl out there. We are positive that your daughter will find something she likes. Participating in one of these sports will help in her therapy and education while promoting bonding experiences with our other students. Contact us today to learn more. Let the games begin!