Why We Need Sport for All
by Adam Goodwin | 2013 | Posted: November 30, 2013 | Last Updated: November 30, 2013
Can We Have Sport for All
Can we bring sport to each and every of the 7 billion individual human beings on the planet? I firmly believe that we (as in global and community leaders, thinkers, actors, politicians, groups and organizations, governments, and individuals) can bring sport to each and every individual.
Now the question, why do we need sport for all?
November 2013 Trip
When I visited the continent of Africa in November 2013, I had the pleasure of watching several sporting events and activities (all informal). The below picture is one example. In a cement courtyard, a group of young boys had gathered to play football/soccer. Another memory that sticks with me are the young boys running and screaming in laughter, fun, and friendship as they ran down the narrow and crowded ‘streets’ in a ‘race.’ Except it wasn’t about competition. The only incentive for racing friends was to have fun, have a common experience they could later dissect and reflect on, and as a way to strengthen their friendship and respect for each other.
In some of these instances, this reminded me of the power and importance of sport. Sport can be one of the tools (among many others, as I strongly believe there is no ‘best’ or ‘the one’ tool that will help bring about the much needed social change required in our world) to bring about social change in our communities.
This is Why
This is why we need to bring sport to all. Helps reconnect with their intrinsic motivation – participating in sport in some manner for the fun, excitement, friendship, and respect. There are many physical activity-related benefits of sports participation. With current health trends, this is much needed in today’s society – things and activities that promote good and strong physical, social, emotional, and mental health.
Sport builds very strong communities, if used correctly. Sporting events bring citizens and tourists together to celebrate together. Sports can break down social barriers – South Africa’s rugby team is one recent example.
The process will not be quick or happen overnight. Children learn many of their habits from parents and adults. If a parent/adult participates in sport, the child is much more likely to participate in sport. Therefore, to get the next generation of children participating in sport, we must get their soon-to-be-parents participating in sport, and so on and so forth.
A Call To Action
We must bring Sport to All! On Saturday, November 30 (today), support the RBC Sports Day in Canada!
Based on your reading of this blog post, you may also wish to read: Okanagan Elite Athlete Values.
These are one person’s thoughts and opinions. I welcome and strive to get your feedback and own thoughts. Feel free to comment below or connect with me via social media.
Adam Goodwin is a Canadian working in the United Kingdom, and is a proud shameless idealist. His parents currently work in Cairo, Egypt. He has siblings and distant family in Canada and around the rainbow nation’s only home. Follow his year+ overseas on Twitter (@adam13goodwin) and on this blog