“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.”
— Nelson Mandela
“And that’s a great job by Alexander-Arnold to get that corner… Corner taken quickly, ORIGI!” Passion. Nothing but passion. Moments like these leave lasting impressions on people. Through pain and grief, through victory and glory. Sports is there.
Whether it’s the World Cup final or Opening Day at Fenway park, the fans are there. The people are there. No one knows exactly why. Of course some say they feel loyalty or enjoy watching the game. Fans travel miles just to see their team play. But why? Why does sports drive us to such extreme ends? Sports is a visual art. It consists of highs and lows, triumphs and tragedies, stories of heroes, and most of all passion.
This passion is unmatched by any other thing. Nothing compels people as much as sport. It gathers hundreds of thousands (and millions of more on tv) to one event. They all look down on the players putting their bodies on the line all for the satisfaction of the ball hitting the back of the net or crossing the plane. Gladiators playing for the glory of the game, vying for the chance to become the champion. “The champion of what?” you may ask. The champion of the people.
Another reason sports is so powerful is because of its power in bringing people together. You can see this every World Cup, where entire nations unite under one team and back that team no matter what. Sometimes small countries will make it so deep in a competition intoxicated by the fans pride, hope, and belief in them. Another instance is after 9/11. Sports brought people across the country together who had been so shaken at the core by the event. The Super Bowl that year was one of the most powerful shows of unity I have encountered (not live) in life.
Sports also can be set apart from any other form of entertainment or games as they can be done or played by almost anyone. In most cases all you need is a ball and a space and you can play whatever sport you want. The reason this is important is kids who don’t have much money are able to play a game for free. It can also give kids a way out, and free them of poverty. Even though it isn’t especially good that kids have to play a sport to make it out, it is helpful for kids who are especially talented for they wouldn’t have gotten anywhere without sport.
At the end of the day, all I know is sport gives people hope; there’s nothing more important than that.