Sport Has the Power (by Adam Goodwin)

Sport has the Power

by Adam Goodwin | 2014 | Last Updated: May 23, 2014


Sport is considered as a major influencer of culture, language, customs, and identity in many regions of the world.    A quote from the recent Elder, Nelson Mandela illustrates the power and influence of sport in many populations and regions.

Nelson Mandela

Recently, a nation builder died.  Nelson Mandela recently passed away after a battle with various illnesses.  After Mandela was released from prison after many years, he used sport to try and use it as a bridge between the whites and blacks of South Africa.  Apartheid developed after World War II when the minority white population segregated themselves from the black population of the country.

After 27 years of imprisonment due to the hands of the minority whites, Mandela quickly moved on and worked to unite his home of South Africa.  During his years in power, Nelson had the below view on sport.

Nelson’s Sport View

Mandela once said:

Sport has the power to change the world.  It has the power to inspire, it has the power to unite people in a way that little else does.  It speaks to youth in a language they understand.  Sport can create hope, where once there was only despair.  It is more powerful than governments in breaking down racial barriers.  It laughs in the face of all types of discrimination.

A Call to Action

How do you see sport and its influence on culture?  Sport is both influenced by and influences culture.  It gives and takes at the same time.  Is this your view?

Further Reading

Based on your reading of this blog post, you may also be interested in: Okanagan Elite Athlete.


These are one person’s thoughts and opinions.  We welcome your feedback and own thoughts. Feel free to comment below or connect with us via social media.

Adam Goodwin is a Canadian working in the United Kingdom and virtually in Canada, and is a proud introvert and silent leader. He has travelled to nearly 50 major and global cities around the world, and has worked with universities, consulting firms, and sports organizations. He has family and friends in Canada and around the rainbow nation’s only home. Follow his travels, work, projects, and thoughts on Twitter (@adam13goodwin) and on this blog (click on the bottom right-hand corner to sign up for weekly email notifications).

%d bloggers like this: