Sport For All
by Adam Goodwin | 2014 | Last Updated: January 17, 2014
The Developed World
I think we, the world (vs. the ‘other’ world), must ask why all children and teenagers are not participating in sport. I do not mean participating as everyone is in the midst of the action. Why, do all children not have the opportunity, if they so choose, to participate in some form of sport, whatever they so wish.
Sport has massive positive impacts for our country. It should be promoted. Every one of the world’s 7 billion human beings should be allowed to participate in sport, if they so chose. This includes girls. Those from the lowly social classes. The uneducated.
Canada As An Example
Even in countries that have sport, sport is still not for all. Ethnic minorities, for example, no longer have access to playing soccer/football in Quebec if they follow their religious beliefs and practices. In the 70’s and 80’s the federal government supported Aboriginal sport across Canada. When the Aboriginal refused to enter the ‘mainstream’ per the government’s wishes, the funding was pulled.
If you are ‘poor,’ you may not be able to afford the expensive hockey gear to join a local hockey league. This is made even more financially stressful if it is a young boy or girl going through puberty who needs more gear on regular intervals. This can be detrimental to developing minds. Why they can’t participate in Canada’s real sport (apologies, lacrosse) when the kids next door have a new pair of skates every season.
Luckily, organizations such as KidSport are trying to counteract this – by providing the financial support to families for thier children to participate in sport.
This blog post is meant to be a very, very short introduction to a new initiative being launched by Okanagan Elite Athlete called Sport4One. Sport4One aims to help make sport accessible to each and every one of the human race’s members (all 7 billion of us). There is one world – we each need to care for each other. This doesn’t mean, we need to get rid of humanity’s beautiful and required diversity. Each human on human beings’ one world should have basic human rights, and access to the very basics, at the least.
At Okanagan Elite Athlete, we believe sport is the tool to provide this.
A Call To Action
Join Okanagan Elite Athlete’s #TakeTheActivePledge program!
May also wish to read: Okanagan Elite Athlete.
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