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A note from your blog host, Professor Meghan Fair:

I just read this article about elite runner Gabrielle Grunewald, who passed away this June after she began fighting cancer while in college. Shortly before she died, Gabby expressed a kind of “This I Believe” statement that resonates deeply with me:

“Being brave, for me, means not giving up on the things that make me feel alive,” she wrote on the website of her cancer research foundation.” (New York Times, June 12 2019).

To read more of Gabrielle’s heroic story, click here.  So, what do you believe?

One thought on “Athletics

  1. I believe athletics is the key to advancing everyone’s personal development. Athletics teach students responsibility, teamwork, respect, time management, etc. As my high school sailing coach always quotes Paul Elvstrom, an Olympic sailor, saying, “You haven’t won the race, if in winning the race you have lost the respect of your competitors.” Not only does this exemplify the meaning of respect for the competitors and fair play, but teaches students that even though they win doesn’t give them the right to brag and/or disrespect their opponents, at the end of the day we are all humans.
    Not only do athletics teach morality, but athletics also educate athletes about time management, and commitment. Being apart of a team means more than just having teammates, being on a team is like joining into a family, if a member of your family doesn’t show up to dinner it shows the lack of commitment and loyalty which directly relates to an athlete not showing up to practice or even a game. These moments help a students personal development because they learn how to plan their schedule so they can still attend practice, and can commit to their team.
    Participating in sports means working with other people with different backgrounds, traditions, and cultures. Athletes learn to understand and learn about different identities and learn how to use them as a strength to win games because if oneself doesn’t know about one another teammates then they can’t efficiently work like a well-oiled machine.
    In conclusion, students participating in an athletic event don’t only learn how to play and get better at their sport, but they also learn to work with different people, how to manage their time properly, and be respectful to everyone around them. Therefore, I believe athletics is the key to advancing everyone’s personal development.


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