161 thoughts on “Athletics

  1. Athletics can positively change one’s life, always having the need to work hard, and manage time. It doesn’t matter on the sport either, each sport demands a great demand of effort and commitment. Always having to make practice, be on time, and schedule outside life around the sport can mold the athlete into a top tier in the work force. To be an athlete you have to dedicate so much time into the sport, just for the love of the game. A job will be much more important than any game, but because of constant effort, time management, responsibility, being on time,and putting in maximum effort is a second nature. That is why I feel athletics are so important, because without the experience and effort needed, it could become very difficult to continuously to stay committed to a job.
    I feel that athletics have created the person I am today, and put me on a pathway to being successful in the work force. It can become difficult at times to make practices, and always try hard, but because I have done it since such an early age, it has become my way of life. Putting so much effort into sports has made it easy to put effort into so many other things such as, relationships, school, and being a good person. Always having to behave and pass classes to play, is the main reason for my high school graduation. Without the need of having to pass to play I might not have taken school so seriously. I feel that athletics have truly made it easier to have a work ethic. Without athletics I do not know where I would be today as a person. I am happy that I’ve played sports my entire life as a child, never missing practices or games, because it will translate into me being a good worker, and a good person for my adulthood.

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      • I agree with your comment about athletics because I believe it has taught me many things about myself. I believe it has created me to become more mentally tough and helped me with my time management. It was a big reason why I stayed focused in school and excelled in my school work in my opinion.

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    • I agree with your statement on athletics because I can relate on a personal level. Sports and physical activities have helped me a lot by teaching me to put in the extra effort, to manage my time better, and to live a healthier life. It takes a lot of hard work and dedication.

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      • Sports can be a big part of one’s life it could help them get away from a troubled home and get them away from violence or there past where they messed up.It could also benefit them in the future like a full ride to college to help with their education so that when they grow up they have a stable job and good education or even go to the big leagues and make a lot of money.But sports aren’t just another way out it is a life u learn to love it while u play it and at times hate it it helps you grow up and learn valuable lessons in life,like nothing is guaranteed and that u have to work for everything and give your 100% no matter the day it is rain or sunshine you have to work hard because nothing is just handed to u.It aslo helps u stay committed because in college and highschool if u are failing u cant play so that is  big factor in sports u want to succeed to do something u love so u try harder in school so u can play.Sports are a big part of my life i have grown up only playing sports so it helps me keep everything in control it’s like a safe zone where u feel most comfortable u meet new people who will share the bond with u and teach u a lot,I believe that sports are one of the biggest ways people learn and have fun

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    • I love what I just heard and agree on every point you brought up but you forgot a major one. Athletics also help the ones that need it the most and those are the kids that grew up with a rough childhood and dealt with experiences that don’t happen to an ordinary child. It’s a path to escape a bad lifestyle and become something bigger and better than what you were raised with. Being involved in a sport can keep you occupied like you said and for some kids that means less time on the streets. A regular practice is about 2-2 and a half hours long, but during that time away from the streets it can be the difference of being arrested or in jail. And if these kids excel at what they compete in that’s their ticket to a better way of life.

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    • I completely agree with your statement. As athletes the skills and effort we learn from our sports apply to our adult life and help us do our bust in whatever we choose to do in the future.

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    • David, reading this passage about athletics and how effect you in a positive way makes me agree completely. I’m going to be playing basketball here at UMD and getting to the collegiate level I have countless hours of work to get to this point. Whether it was games, practice or even shooting in the gym by myself I’ve strived tremendously. Sports in general like you said, you have to have time management and commitment. Doing sports keeps you on the right path and puts you in a successful state of mind. Willing to get better and performing to the best of your ability is extremely important. Great post I couldn’t agree more about what you wrote.

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    • I completely agree with you! The work ethic gained from playing a sport is immensely obvious as long as you put it to good use. Every sport has goals and values that it instills in the players and makes them a better person and team player overall. Great post!

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  2. There is never just one thing that leads to success in athletics. I feel like it’s a combination of passion, dedication and hard work. Success isn’t an accident either. Running track has made me who I am today. It has opened many doors for myself currently and for my future. Success, for myself, was earned on the track and field. I put blood sweat and yes, an occasional tear to get where I am today. I can thank my teammates for that! Athletics was a huge part of my high school career as well. I graduated with the most athletic award and received the gym class hero award. I also received a couple awards for my athleticism as well as my scholastic achievements. Working hard to get somewhere on the field and track has taught me how to work hard in life to get where I want. I am here today, attending an amazing school and continuing my athletic career as a Corsair. I can only hope that athletics will continue to remain as one of the main contributors to my success in life, as well as a fun way to spend my time.

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    • I completely agree with you, as someone who also ran track in high school I understand how the dedication and hard work you put into the sport can lead to success in other aspects of your life beyond the track.

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    • I agree with your statement. As a former track runner in high school, I know where hard work and dedication can get you. It had definitely translated into other aspects of my life.

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    • I agree with you saying you have passion, hard work, and dedication in order to be successful as an athlete. Even lacking one of those attributes would ruin your chance for success. Having those traits can translate to other areas of your life which would be beneficial. For example, imagine having those traits for your school work. Could you even begin to imagine how much your academic life would excel?

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    • “I feel like it’s a combination of passion, dedication and hardwork” , don’t fee like it, just know it is! Success doesn’t come on a silver platter and as the saying goes “no pain, no gain”. You got to love what you doing first, you have to be committed to doing it and lastly but not the least you have to work hard to achieve your dreams. You said it all, as an athlete myself, I believe all you said was perfectly on point and I couldn’t disagree with you. Good job and I’m so glad I came across this to read, definitely deserved my time!

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  3. Athletics are a great way to get involved and meet people with similar interests. I personally invested a large amount of time into athletics playing baseball and basketball ever since I could remember. I think participating in athletics was very beneficial, because it taught me to go all out and do my best. Being in a playoff environment over the past few years from baseball has also been a great experience for me. I learned through this how to play cautious yet aggressive, because any mistakes could potentially be your last, especially as a senior with your career on the line. Baseball and basketball have both played important roles in my life, helping me to make friends in school, and balance my time outside of school. These sports also helped me maintain a healthy lifestyle through the countless hours spent in the gym. Playing these sports has given me something to constantly look forward to every day, and have taught me how to compete. Sports have taught me both how to win and lose with class, along with how to recover from defeat. The most important thing that sports have taught me, is how to be a good teammate and set an example on and off the field. I spent two of my summers as a volunteer counselor at a sports camp, where we taught young kids how to play sports and the fundamentals for each sport. The great thing about athletics is how it can be passed down for the future generations.

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    • Brian- I agree with your statement, ” The most important thing that sports have taught me, is how to be a good teammate and set an example on and off the field”. Being a good teammate can translate to being a good co-worker in the real world. I also like how you mentioned people have to learn to win with class because some people don’t know how win and that annoys me as an athlete. Overall your athletics blog was a good read, and I agreed with your main parts of your blogs. Nice Job!

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    • Brian, I totally agree with everything you mentioned here. One thing I’m really glad you brought up was winning and losing with class. I feel that in order to succeed athletically you must learn to lose too. I think this has gone a long way with todays children. As I watch the Little League World Series I notice that the opposing team often gives high fives after a home run. I notice that after a tough loss kids are still congratulating the other team and dancing around with them after the game. Athletes are bound to win and lose but they must do it as a team and respectfully. Im very glad you brought that point up.

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    • Brian, your message is truly about what type of person an athlete can be. I couldn’t agree anymore with all of your points about what sports did for you, like showing you how to compete, how to take a loss, and in my opinion, the most important, which is how to be a teammate. I’ve realized also, over the many years of playing sports that my teams have made me who I am today and I wouldn’t be anywhere without any of them.
      I love that you volunteered as well! Not only are you doing something you love but you’re spreading that to kids, who hopefully will one day love it as much as you do. You’re passage is awesome and I hope athletics always remains a part in your life.

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    • Brian,
      Athletics has helped me tremendously with balance both in and out of school. I especially agree with the cautious yet aggressive balance in a playoff environment. My senior year was filled with moments such as those. Nicely done.

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    • Totally agree with the factor on how playing sports have you looking forward to something everyday and how to recover from defeat. Sports is not just something you do but it in facts teaches you the way to deal with living.

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  4. Athletics is a great activity for every kid growing up. When we were younger sports were played to be enjoyed, but coaches teach kids life lessons along the way. Playing sports since I can remember is the best thing I’ve ever done with my life.Whether it be soccer, lacrosse, football, basketball, or baseball, all of my friends come from some sporting event I’ve been involved in. Sports friends are different than any other friends because you get changed together, work so hard in preseason together, and all have a common goal of winning, whether it be that specific game, or the conference. The biggest part of a good athletics experience is a good coach. Coaches teach their players values that can be translated into the real world. A couple examples of this are hard work, discipline, commitment, pushing yourself to the limit, and learning how to lose. Everyone knows how to win, but the athletes that know how to lose are usually the ones that separate themselves from the crowd. Being involved in sports my whole life shaped who I am today, and the person I will always be. Whether I’m watching, or playing I will always enjoy sports, and I’m looking forward to playing a sport in college.

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    • Joshua, I totally agree with this. My sports friends are some of my closest and we always strive to get better with each other. Coaches impact a players life dramatically, and can shape you into a player you never knew you could be. You can learn a lot of important stuff from them.

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    • Completely agree. All my best friends were either my former or current teammates. They are relationships that will last forever. Truly nothing else like becoming a close friend with one of your teammates.

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    • I love what you said about athletes learning how to lose. As an athlete myself I felt like I became more humble because of it, and it pushed me to do better every time! Those are also great examples you used.

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    • I agree that coaches teach life long lesson to there athletes that will help them succeed in the future. I also feel that the best kind of athlete are the ones that know how to lose. In the real world everything won’t always go your way, for example not getting the job you wanted. Knowing how to handle your loss will help you move on and try harder next time.

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  5. Growing up, athletics impacted my life tremendously. Throughout my childhood years i was always playing a sport, every season. Theres much more to a playing a sport then just the sport itself, whether that be discipline, leadership, setting goals, learning to win/lose, or even dealing with pressure. Unfortunately, at one point in everyone’s life, athletics must come to an end, whether that be after high school, after college, or even after that. People you meet along the way and lessons you learn along the way will be a lifetime memory. Personally as a little kid, I played many sports but as i grew older i had to choose 3. I chose baseball, basketball and football and I don’t regret my decision at all. Once i got to high school I knew I had to manage my time wisely considering I wouldn’t have much of it due to school work and sports. I feel that time management was the most valuable lesson I picked up from sports. Time management is something someone will always need to value, their whole life. As I start this next chapter of my life, college, I totally understand i will need to manage my time very wisely. I am going to be going to school, doing school work, studying, have a social life and much more that I will need to fit in my schedule. As i grow up and meet new people and learn new lessons I will never forget the lessons I learned through athletics. I feel that people who play sports will succeed athletically, academically, and socially and all kids should try many different sports to figure out what is best for them and stick to it because many positive lessons come along the way.

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    • I agree with what you said about there being much more to a sport than the sport itself. You can learn a lot from sports and sticking to a sport will positively impact you. Like you, something I’ve become better at as a result of playing basketball was time management. This is a value I can keep with me through college and even in my future.

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  6. I believe athletics are a good way to work on social skills and really get yourself out there. So many people are being buried in their phones day today and don’t have very well social skills. By involving themselves in athletics they for some selves to communicate with people they don’t know or if they do know, it causes them to get more involved with the sport because their friends are. I believe that athletics are a good way to get kids involved in school and feel like they’re part of something. Athletics for me really helped me during the school year because it gave me something to look forward to, and it really helped me do my schoolwork because I had a tight schedule. I always had to find time to do homework, projects and other school related work in between sports. It’s also a good way to get in shape. I felt like I slept better and I felt better during sports. The running and the adrenaline that came with the games really made my body better. I would sleep longer hours and I wouldn’t move a lot in my sleep, and I ate better because my metabolism is faster. Whether you’re good at sports or not I believe that everyone should try just being on and off for the team just to see the impact it has on them socially and mentally and physically.

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    • I couldn’t agree with you more Hannah. Athletics gives you the opportunity to expand your communication skills instead of just staring at a screen to communicate socially. It has also made me become the student I am today because I’ve organized my schedule in order to balance schoolwork and any other activities during the day. It is also true about the healthy lifestyle that occurs during and before the season. People in college worry about their health only because of poor choices throughout the day and not helping their bodies.

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  7. Athletics are a great way to be involved in the community. You are able to meet new people and create special bonds with, being able to play sports can help a person to not be shy anymore. Me personally I am grateful to be able to play sports like basketball, football, also track. Being able to play all these sports helped me to grow as a person, making me work harder pushing myself to my full potential keeping me out of trouble. Athletics helps to develop passion in the things that you do in life to become successful. Being in a bad neighborhood, I could’ve been doing other things but ever since I was little I was playing sports to stay out of trouble. I dedicated my blood, sweat, and tears to sports being able to play every day getting better and better. But there was a time when I was not able to play due to the fact that I had missed basketball practice losing my starting position. I was upset, I worked so hard to earn that role, but in a flash I lost it. Being on time ever since then helped me to be more of a leader on the team, I started to learn more from my coaches becoming an assistant coach, at the end of the season receiving the coaches award having the coaches talk about how one day I would become a coach seeing problems before hand and fixing the situations. Sports was the key to my success in life.

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  8. Athletics has not always been a part of my life. I was not interested in sports at all until I was a freshman in high school and I tried out of the football team. 3 state championship appearances, two undefeated seasons, and one 1st team all-state selection later and here I am playing more football at the collegian level. Football has taught me many life lessons and traits such as perseverance, responsibility, and maturity. Being part of a team is like being part of a family and a football team is the best family anyone could ask for. Unfortunately with anything in life I have met hardships with football. My junior year I tore my acl and my surgery was proven to be unsuccessful recently at practice. However that will not stop me from being a college football player. I am going to keep playing college football even with no acl because football has taught me that nothing is impossible. Football is tough on the body and I will no doubt feel the effects when I am older but life should be lived and football is a young mans game. I worked too hard for too long to stop now.This sport has given me more in life than I could return so I will continue to play as well as coach my towns youth league in the off season. The younger players love talking to me about football in high school and now they can here some stories about college football too.

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  9. Moved from the beautiful country called Jamaica to start a new life in Falmouth Massachusetts. Now going into Junior year; though I tried to keep a positive mindset, my mind would always wonder if I would ever fit in a school where the person on your right or left in class, did a sport. Bear in mind I was 135 pounds 5”11 and had never been apart of a sport team. About a month after starting school, the football coach who was also my math teacher would always encourage me to try football.
    “of course” I would always say to him, knowing all too well that I know nothing about the game of football or why it got that name when it’s played mostly with hands. As time progress I would occasionally go down to the weight room to work out with the team and with the start of the new season I was 187 pounds 6 feet. Little did I know my team was the utmost savage team to be on not only because we went 13-0 that season winning it all and getting the chance to write this blog with my state championship ring on but because they made me feel at home. Off the field and on the field they would encourage me to be the best footballer and person I can be. With the passing of my teammates, my brothers I am urged to carry on what they have taught me about being a good defensive end. Hopefully I make more tackles as a Corsair for nothing would make higgy or my coach more proud.

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    • Kirlew this message spoke to me greatly even though it was mainly about football which I am not a fan of but the meaning of the team is why athletics is a universal language anyone can speak. I allows you to make bonds with random people you may have never met and once your part of a team you become family. Family allows people to put away there difference and come together in the common goal. To face the competition in the best possible shape.

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  10. Sports are an escape. They offer a place for people to come together and work towards a common goal. As humans, competition is is a part of every person’s life and athletics gives people a platform to compete in a healthy manner. Along with the competitiveness athletics provides, they also teach life skills people can take into their regular lives. Athletics teaches people about respect, teamwork, humility, and perseverance. In my life, baseball has taught me all of these things. It has taught me that those who work hard will be more successful in the long run than those who are given endless opportunities. It has shown me how to work with difficult people and how those people affect you, positively and negatively. It has also demonstrated how to treat others and how to act in a professional setting. As someone who also coaches, my experiences in baseball as a player has helped mold me into the coach I want to be. I have learned how to effectively motivate others and respect their choices and decisions, both which are very important when facing real world challenges. Athletics have taught me a lot about myself, others, and the world and how they are all intertwined. Sports are the greatest teachers we have as humans and and the lessons we learn shape our future.

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    • I fully agree with your viewpoint of sports they allow us to be part of something bigger than ourselves and often these people become our family due to the amount of time we spend with them.

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    • Norman I really enjoyed reading your post about how sports really impact someones life and how they help teach you lessons to impact others lives as well. I completely agree with your statement,” those who work hard will be more successful in the long run than those who are given endless opportunities”, because for those who have to work hard to reach success it means so much more. It’s really about all the lessons you learn along the way that determines true success. Also, I can relate to your post because I also am a coach for my town soccer league and being able to pass on everything I’ve learned to the younger players is an amazing feeling. In the end it’s all about the important lessons you’ve learned and how you can now use them in everyday life, and you did a great job bringing that up.

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    • I think you are right that athletics can teach a lot more than physical activity. I think that there is a lot of teamwork and other life skills that one needs when being on a sports team. I think that there are a lot of skills in life that can be acquired from playing sports that you cannot get from any other source.

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  11. Ten seconds… That’s how long I blacked out for sophomore year. I know that’s not a long time, but when one gets kicked in the face literally centimeters from being blinded, that’s a long time. I was on the varsity soccer team and while trying to save a goal I was brutally kicked in the forehead resulting in a concussion that took me out for 3 months. All throughout High School I was “injury” prone. My overprotective mother even suggested I just stopped playing sports all together but I believed I had something inside of me that I could not let go of . I played soccer, basketball, softball, and danced which took a toll on my body so I basically lived in the athletic trainer’s office. I learned how to take care of my body, and use the knowledge I gained from the trainer’s office by applying it to the point of where I would know the source of pain in my body from an injury. In my four years of high school participating in athletics has, in my opinion, molded my character and has created me to become mentally strong. I would love to mentor young athletes, create a foundation and a brand for what I was taught to be true ahlethletism. I also want to participate in at athletics in college. I believe that would create me to excel once more physically and mentally.

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  12. Growing up playing sports just felt like an excuse for my parents to get rid of me for a couple hours a day. I played a lot of sports like soccer, basketball, baseball, and even football at one point. Being the strong aggressive little fat kid I was, I believe I was good! Playing all these sports gave me the experience of being active and social with other kids my age and being able to be apart of a team. But in the third grade, I got a different feeling and experience from one sport in particular, Basketball. I took part in what is called an “instructional league”, and it is basically little kids attempting to do drills for an hour and if you were lucky five minutes of actual game play. One day, I said to my dad, “This is stupid, I want to play up with the big kids!” So the following year, my dad lied about my age so I could play with the older girls. It was scaring at first but when I played I meant business. I dominated in the older division, to the point girls older than me were scared to play my team. There were other leagues in town that I had participated in such as, “Cape Cod Travel League”. Where we would play teams from all around the area. Showed to up to try-outs being the only girl… I was devastated. Up until my dad, the coach of the boys team for my age, told me to try-out for his team. Of course I made it because I was coaches kid, but turns out I was pretty good for being “just a girl”. I went on to play four more years of boys basketball. All the guys who pushed me to compete and earn my spot on the court, made me the aggressive basketball player I am today.
    In the eight grade, I’d watch my sister play high school basketball. Every time I’d gone to a home game, I’d notice this one banner they had up in the gym. The 1,000th Point Scorers, but there wasn’t a single girl out of the list of names. At that moment, I knew that would be my main focus and goal to reach by the time I graduate from high school. After four long years of determination, commitment, sacrifices, and bumps along the way, it came down to one last game. Hitting my 1,000th point shot was relieving. The pressure of whether I would make school history or not was over, and I could finally say I did it. I had a goal, worked for it day in and day out, and I achieved it. Basketball has had such an impact on my life and still continues to. Athletics have taught me to never give up no matter what the odds are or who is against you, if you believe you can do something then you’re gonna do it.

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  13. The word belief can be described as faith in someone or something and athletics is built on the belief in your team. In this world of ours where exists many different cultures and languages, the common place that shows we are all similar to one another is through athletics. Many examples can easily be seen when the Olympics take place or how the sport of football can be so popular globally. People of all ethnicity and upbringings come together to cheer cry and just enjoy themselves, though it can become competitive its always in good sport.
    I did not grow loving athletics and rarely was exposed to sports at all in at a younger age and my interest sparked when the Celtics won in 08 and from then on even though I never knew what the sport was. One thing I did know though I wanted to be part of that. The confetti and cheering brought an immersion to someone new to the sport. From there I would eventually play basketball on my school teams but most importantly play anytime I want as a hobby now. My greatest love would have to be the sport of volleyball which I found to be just amazing but is not understandable to those who may have never played it competitively. It required twitchy movements and the rush of going for a block,spike, or just a serve receive causes adrenaline and requires so much focus. I have always been a shy personality and prefer to not put myself in awkward positions. Playing Volleyball brought me to some of my closet friends and brothers as well as sisters that I will always remember and continue to care about. Different personalities were easily able to mesh because we knew we wanted to grow and we we verse the 3 best ranked team in the state and rattle off a 13 point swing to obliterate the “Top” team morale just flows through the family.
    Lastly encounters with random people can become a moment of complete joy where you might have been having a long day but having a conversation where conversation is about something you enjoy can make your day. I believe that athletics can bring people together through generations from arguing who is the greatest of all time to cheering with a whole nation to become the best.

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  14. Team chemistry is the most crucial factor in determining a team’s success. Every team will naturally have more dedicated members and less dedicated members throughout its existence. Therefore, there will always be a range of dedication and hard work among teammates. Because the absolute entirety of the team cannot work to their highest potential of dedication/commitment at any given time (due to each individual’s personal motivation for success and skill in the sport being uniquely different in range), dedication and commitment to the sport are not the most crucial factors in determining a team’s success.

    Instead, having a positive team chemistry is much more crucial to success. Positive team chemistry promotes a personal connection to the team/teammates, which allows for increased passion and determination for the sport (separate from an original individual passion and motivation). This team motivation is a learned motivation, not a naturally occurring one prior to having a positive team chemistry.

    Positive team chemistry also allows teammates to feed off each other’s triumphs and dedication which increases the extrinsic motivation to succeed. Players begin to train/practice harder in order to see the overall success of the team (as opposed to just individual successes).

    With a negative team chemistry, an individual’s motivation is strictly internal. If an individual dislikes their team, they will lack the motivation to fully dedicate themselves to the team and for the cause of teammates around them. This results in their individual failure, which then leads to overall team failure.

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    • I agree, your success can often be drawn from the team you compete with as they drive you and make you want to contribute in your effort to achieve your team’s goal. This can likewise cause the same effect on others until you are all pushing yourselves to achieve a common goal.

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    • A team who wants to succeed or is inspired by either a coach or teammates to succeed often will do better. I noticed this throughout my track career, and especially during the changing of the coaching staff from people who were there just to get paid to people who were truly passionate about the sport.

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  15. Creating a bond with your team no matter the sport can greatly enhance not only your investment in the people you talk to but the sport itself. To spend time on a team sport and only focus on yourself would be counterintuitive since in many cases, the driving force for your improvement and profound involvement on your team will turn out to be your friends. There is no better feeling than having a whole group of kids at your back that understand how tough the next practice may be or the next game or meet. The support you get fuels and drives you. These bonds you form can be the sole reason you don’t quit, and often are things you look back on and think about how lucky you were to have created. A bond with a team can take a student who doesn’t feel he has a place or purpose and give him one, as his new-found friends cheer him on as he competes in something he so easily could have missed out on. You hear it all the time about sports teams always being so close with one another, but you never really understand until you actually experience it for yourself. The kids you meet on any sports team will likely be your friends for life and that’s a bond I have yet to see matched by anyone other than actual blood relatives, hell, even in some cases kids will feel closer to their teammates more than their own family.

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    • Nick,
      I loved your points made about the feeling of being on team, despite it sounding cliche the feeling of a team is insanely close and amazing bonds are made. It is a very challenging feeling to describe and I think you did an excellent job with your post.

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  16. The importance of sports goes far beyond the playing field. Athletics are often looked at as just a way to stay healthy and have fun, but in reality there are several very important life lessons that can be learned by participating in athletics. One of these lessons is teamwork. In order to be successful in most jobs people need to have the skills to work together to reach a common goal, the same goes for athletes. If your team cannot communicate effectively and work together, odds are the team won’t be very successful. By participating in sports kids learn from a young age how to work with others which becomes a valuable skill to have when entering the real world. Another important lesson that is learned through athletics is the ability to deal with failure. Anyone who has played sports knows what it feels like to lose, and as we all know there are times in our lives outside of sports that we experience failure. By playing sports and losing we learn the coping skills necessary to deal with failure in our everyday lives. This is important because the faster we can cope with our failures the faster we can learn from them and grow as individuals. Athletics also serve as a way to teach time management skills. Participating in sports takes time, often at least several hours a day. Most athletes are also students and many have jobs, leaving them to juggle school, practice, work, family, and a social life. While this is difficult, it teaches them how to better manage their time, another skill that proves to be very useful when entering the workforce.

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  17. Sports are not only a hobby. Most people love to be competitive, the environment of their sport, or even the daily routine. These three aspects are what shape a person outside of the sports world. Being competitive is what pushes someone to be better than everyone else. In sports it may have to do with winning a game or simply trying to outperform the competition. This competitive spirit is also translated into someone’s personality, the harder they work in sports the harder they work on a regular day. The environment of sports can also relate to what type of job you will hold one day. By environment it’s not specific to the actual environment but more so how loud it is, how much you have to pay attention to and how complex the sport is. For instance, if your sport has a lot of rules and regulations you have to pay attention to at all times it makes you more aware. This sense of awareness translates to how you are as a person and can eventually have an impact on the job you will hold. Overall it is interesting to see the direct correlation between sports and everyday activities or jobs.

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  18. My family are big sports players, especially my brother, Aiden. He is 10 yrs old and plays football, basketball, and baseball. He is an amazing athlete and my parents are both hard on him when it comes to his sports, in good ways obviously. My parents believe that sports are super important and teach good life lessons. They always make sure that Aiden is the best all around player he can be, not just his skills, but his attitude and being a team player as well. Starting sports at a young age help kids understand that things aren’t always going to go there way and learn how to react to it. It also teaches them commitment and team work skills. These are all skills that they will need when they get older and step into the real world, and they are learning all these significant life lessons while having fun playing a sport they love. I started sports in fifth grade and tried out lacrosse. It became my favorite sport and I played all throughout high school and am planning to continue playing in college. Sports are a great way to help you open up and meet new people. I have always been super shy but every team I have played on my teammates and I have always gotten so close. I met some of my best friends through sports who I still am friends with now. Being involved whether it be with sports or clubs is super important, the lessons you learn and the memories you make are unforgettable.

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    • I agree with you that kids playing sports at a young age can teach them so many valuable things and help them become a team player.

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  19. Laughter is the key to success on and off the field. I have been playing softball all my life and over the years I’ve learned that you never really can lose as long as you’re having a good time. Often on my softball team, a teammate would mess up on a play and be down for the entire rest of the game. Their negative energy would bring the entire team down and even if we won the bus would be dead silent on the way home. After years of playing with the same girls I have learned that each has different reasons for feeling down but the number one cure is always laughter. As a captain my senior I was in charge of making sure that every girl was on their feet in the dugout and there was never a quiet moment between our constant cheering. Some girls told jokes or sang songs but my go to mood booster was to remind my teammate of the multiple times I’ve messed up. I’ve tripped while running to second base with no one around me and even overthrew first base so much that it hit my coach in the dugout. The truth is no one’s perfect so instead of reprimanding someone for messing up, help them brush it off. Life is too short to be stressing out about the little things.

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  20. I believe athletics has affected and helped mold me to be the person I am today. There are several aspects that I have gained from athletics that have shown to be valuable later in life; these include teamwork, leadership, and determination. Starting from a young age I played a wide variety of sports from basketball to baseball then settling down into soccer. I quickly learned how to work well with others and collaborate to be successful as a team. Because I was able to learn this at a young age I feel comfortable and easy to work with in school projects and whatever job I am working.
    As I got older sports became more competitive. Athletes were expected to rise to the occasion and lead the team. Becoming a captain for my soccer team and track team in high school seemed like a huge responsibility. It showed me how to be a role model for others, and giving a shoulder to lean on when teammates needed it.Having people looking up to me was the most inspiring feeling to me and helped push me to work for whatever I needed to work for.
    The most important quality I feel I’ve gained from athletics is determination. Without determination I would get nowhere in life, but sports has hardwired my brain to keep pushing for what I want. Recently I was interested in joining the track team at Umass Dartmouth, but I found that my times weren’t on par. I worked all summer training to get better every day. This drive helped improved my time immensely, however it still isn’t what I wanted it to be. At the end of the day I know I tried my best, and if I put that same effort and determination into college I can succeed.

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  21. Competing on sports teams is one of the most rewarding experiences you can have in life. The friendships and bonds that you can create with teammates last a lifetime and are some of the best friendships that you will ever have. As I have learned, these relationships do not automatically develop on their own. It takes commitment by all members of a team or group for the friendships to develop. Unfortunately, having all members of a team cooperate with each other is not always the easiest thing to accomplish. With my experiences from being on many different teams, I believe that one of the most important things in order for teams to bond with each other is a great leader. A leader can be a coach, captain, manager, or any player who sets a good example for the rest of the team. I have been on teams that had coaches who did not care about the team itself, instead all they were concerned about was winning and losing. I have been on a few teams where there were team captains and these captains used their authority in wrongful ways. None of these teams were successful. They were full of talent but the lack of leadership resulted in poor performance. I have been on teams where the players are not as skilled but the leadership brought all the players together and the team could overcome challenges together and become successful. Leadership is one of the most crucial components of any team.

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  22. People play sports for many reasons. Some people do it for fun while others do it for other causes such as getting their minds off of something, or to get exercise

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  23. I am passionate about track. I started running when I was in 7th grade and they called me crazy legs on the baseball team. This sparked my interest for track and once I entered high school I immediately joined the team.
    Track was a journey. At first it was so hard and I thought of quitting many times, but I never gave up. By my second year after brutal workouts and persistent shin splints (only athletes know this kind of torture) I finally tackled my first challenge. I was honored to place 6th in both the 100m and 200m in my league. It wasn’t the placement that made me happy though, It was the satisfaction of achievement and conquering my goals. After sophomore year my passion turned to the relays. Relays are the most amazing events in my opinion because it’s a team effort in an often individual sport. With hard work and dedication and under the new leadership of the MIAA hall of fame coach Dwight Estey our relays had become a force. During this year we only placed 15th in the division in the 4x200m and later the 4x100m record but we still felt like winners because we had just broken our first school record. Doing this with the team is such a great feeling that truly is indescribable.
    By my senior year our relay had become a well oiled machine and our third leg relay runner and myself were honored with the captain ship of both track teams, both because of our coach and because of our bond as a relay and our hard work. In winter we were honored with placing 2nd in the division in the 4×50 yard dash and 6th in the 4x200m dash crushing school records in both. Wow how far we had come. We were not finished yet, with the coming of spring track we broke two more records in the 4x100m placing 3rd in state relays but and fifth in the 4x200m. Sadly my track career ended with a disqualification when our anchor dropped the baton on the final leg of the seeded heat of the 4x100m. nevertheless I had an amazing experience building up something with a group of three other dedicated individuals.
    Track is my passion.

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  24. I agree that athletics of any kind is beneficial to ones work ethic. I like how you made the comparison of hard work , dedication, and time management with sports and a job as well.

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  25. I believe in sports and the way sports can have a positive impact on every aspect of life. I personally sports has been in life since I was a baby. I started playing Soccer and Basketball when I was 5 years old and since then it has changed my life for the better. Me playing sports has kept me out of trouble and focused in the classroom. I believe that sports are a great motivational tool especially in education where it can use to make sure your grades are good for you to play. It has also kept me disciplined and organized. Sports gives you many opportunities and allows communities to come together
    I know for me it has put me in a position to meet new people and expand my horizons. It allows you to create a bond like no other with your teammates and coach. I truly believe that sports are an outlet where you can express yourself in a different light that can inspire others. For me, sports put everything in perspective and kept me on track to be successful and for that I am thankful.

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  26. I grew up in a house where the garage always smelt like sweat and my clothes had grass stains on them. The sound of the cracking of my cleats on my garage floor echoed because I could not bring them into the house. Soccer is where my life began and the lessons I have learned through it will stay with me forever. The most important lesson I have learned is respect. The idea that you never know another person’s story or you will never know their internal struggles has stuck with me. A person judging from the outside does not know about the details of another’s life.

    Back to the soccer field. On the field emotions run high and many fuses are short. All it takes is a single word or a single foul for things to spiral out of control. Over the years I have tried harder to maintain my respect and composure when it comes to these situations. For some it might not be important, but for me it is important to maintain a level of respect. The field for me and the other 265 million people that participate in “The Beautiful Game” is a place of worship no matter where you are. It is the simplest game that can be played on the beach to the streets to the grass. However, no matter where it is played everyone has the same intention to win. My revelation of respect and grateful in the game became more clear as my senior year of soccer approached. Soccer became more of having fun and enjoying the little moments rather than dirty tackles and trash talk.

    You run by other players all the time during those 90 minutes, but you will never know their story. Nobody’s story ever follows them onto the field. Imagine a bubble surrounding the field and every player’s struggles and hardship are caught. This is why respect is important. It is your job as a player to not bring your insolence into another’s life on such hallowed ground. There are countless stories in the professional game of revival and triumph through soccer. Many of these stories include soccer as being an escape from the struggles of money, food, family and poverty. I believe that once everyone is on that field together we are all equal.

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  27. Sports has changed my life in an amazing way. I have met people who I know will be in my life forever because of sports, and I have also made so many great memories because of them. I used to play football, basketball, and baseball, but now I only play basketball. I will also be playing basketball for UMass Dartmouth, and this leads me to my next point. Basketball has taken me places that I have never been to. For example, we have a tournament in Florida this year, and that is somewhere I have never been. I am very thankful for sports, and to anyone that plays; always cherish every second you get to play the sport you love and never take anything for granted.

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  28. Being an athlete changes you. It’s as simple as that. You start off as a little kid running around on a field not knowing what you’re doing but before you know it, your heart, mind, and soul are wrapped around the sport. The adrenaline you feel as soon as you step out onto the field is enthralling. The passion burns inside of you to win. You want nothing more than to be the best. Yet, becoming an athlete is more than just beating the competition. Being a part of a team teaches you the most important skills you’ll ever need in life. There’s the commitment, drive to succeed, work ethic, hard work, and most importantly, getting knocked down but being able to get back up. You will always be faced with a challenge in life that may take you a while to overcome but as long as you come back stronger than before you will beat it. You learn to persevere and make yourself better. While there may be other ways to learn these skills, being an athlete is so much more rewarding in every way possible. You gain not only friends, but family who will be there through thick and thin. You mess with one player, you get them all. It’s the beauty behind being an athlete. Whether you’re winning or losing, you’re doing it as a team. In the end, when it’s all said and done, you get to look back on all of the good and bad with no regrets and a successful life ahead of you.

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  29. Being on a sports team is one of the most rewarding experiences a person can have. As I played high school lacrosse for four years along with many other sports, I have learned so much about myself. There is nothing like setting a goal in the beginning of your sports season and working so hard to accomplish it. I have gained so many valuable aspects that I will continue to use as I grow, these include, leadership, teamwork, determination, hard work and dedication.
    Athletics have brought me to the conclusion that teamwork for sure makes the dream work. If you have a team of eleven girls and only two show up to the game ready to play you’re not going to win that game. I would watch as my teammates messed up and their negative energy would spread through my whole team. I was never the top player or the highest scorer but one thing I always brought on the field was positivity. The friendships and bonds that I made with my teammates and coaches are ones I will hold onto forever. Along with many memories I have gained a lot of knowledge about time management and balancing my life. I would go from school to practice, then straight home for family time and getting all my homework done. I believe it made me a better student because I knew I couldn’t be on the team unless I got all my work done and had good grades. The feeling of being on a team and helping your teammates on and off the field is the best and most unforgettable feeling you can have. I hope to continue playing my favorite sport as I begin college.

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  30. Athletics has and always will have a huge impact on my life, and some people don`t realize that the team your on or the sport you play, you create a new family of brothers and sisters. Playing sports honestly has made me into the man I am today. It got me through high school and kept me out of trouble, and kept my grades up, because I needed to play in the games. Without sports I wouldn’t be able to do good in my classroom or even come to college. Playing a sport is competitive, and a lot of hard work and dedication. It can be very tough at times, but I never quit, and just like in the classroom ill never quit and deep pushing forward, even through the tough times.

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  31. Athletics can change some ones life in a great way because of the lessons it teaches you. Athletics teaches you a majority of things like how to work as a whole and that not everything in life is just handed to you and you have to work for what want. Also it teaches you how come together as one. Ive played sports since a very young age and it has impacted my life in a huge way and I wouldn’t be the man I am today with out it.

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  32. Growing up I always liked sports. I liked basketball and football mostly. I watched teams play from the professional level, all the way down to my friends in my age group. I loved watching, but I was too scared to play. I thought I wouldn’t be good enough, or I would embarrass myself in minutes.

    In the 6th grade I decided to give basketball a try. It is my favorite sport and always has been. When I went for tryouts I was very nervous. I was a 6th grader trying out with children younger then me. I had never played in a league, only in my driveway.

    The tryouts went by quickly. Within days I was put on a team. I was shocked by how things went. Before this I had only watched teams play in game. I never saw how any team was off the court. The friendships built through that team were special. People got along and all worked at the same goal. It was truly special. The passion even at a middle School level was astounding. It was a beautiful thing to have everyone want to win, no matter what. Winning was all that mattered.

    Being on a team has taught me valuable life lessons. Selflessness, passion, and hard work are my big three. Not only is this true in middle school, but all throughout sports. Any person at any age can play and have fun. Relationships and lessons built through sports last a lifetime.

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  33. Berti Blain
    September 5, 2017

    Athletics
    All my life I’ve been a soccer player. Ever since I was named after an Italian soccer player, I knew that it had been my passion. My family are full of players straight out of the streets of Haiti. There’s nothing else to do there besides play soccer and chill with people. My dad always told me stories about games he had in Haiti. There’s too many to list here, but they were fascinating. The goals that he would describe to me were phenomenal. Most of the goals were off of headers and those are my favorite types of goals. I had a few headers during my senior year of High School. Each goal that I got were always a tie-breaker goal, or a goal to bring us into the lead. Getting a goal felt so great. Once you did it, your teammates would surround you and just yell while the crowd cheers your name. Some of them would call me six because that was my jersey number all four years. I honestly miss High School soccer.

    I wanted to play collegiate soccer this year, but it was not going to work this year. It wasn’t going to work this year for two reasons. One I wanted to get a feel of the college life before I joined a team. Two is because I don’t have the physical of a true soccer player. I’m very smart when I’m on the pitch, but I can’t sprint for long. I have a lot of stamina, so it helps in the long run. Im going to lose weight this year and tryout for the team and hopefully make it!

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  34. Getting involved in athletics, from working out to playing a sport, has numerous benefits. It’s a great way to stay in shape, but there are many other positive aspects to it that can help us in everyday life. Something i’ve gained from playing basketball is being able to work well with others. To be successful in a sport you must have good teamwork and communication skills. I believe these skills can help you in your everyday life. For example, I can use what i’ve learned about teamwork when i’m working on group projects or with one of my coworkers. In addition to this, i’ve met many people from playing ball. This is one of the best parts of playing. Every time I step on the court I meet someone new.
    Playing a sport is also good for getting your mind off of something. By playing basketball, I am able to forget about any obligations I have and just enjoy myself. For example, when I would feel stressed at school I would just go to the Y and play ball. This is why I believe there is more to athletics than just the physical aspects.

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