We continue our blog into the benefits of youth sports to local communities, in part one we saw the obvious health benefits to the youth of a community that regularly are active in participating in sport. Plus, we looked at how sport can actually reduce youth crime in a neighborhood.
In this blog we look at how sports can bond youth of different cultures and help different neighborhoods to get along better together. Plus also how playing in team games in the community leads to the development of role models and how this can benefit all.
Sport is Great for Bonding
Participating in team games forms friendships and promotes bonding between team members. It also gives members of that team a sense of who they are in relation to their community and this leads to a sense of belonging and pride.
A person who has pride in being part of a community is far more likely to want to contribute to the benefit of that community. And that means getting involved in events and the promotion of community spirit. Often youth teams will play other teams from different neighborhoods and this is great for providing opportunities for different cultures to come together and understand each other better.
Thus, it is far less likely that the youth of one neighborhood will have conflict with the youth of another purely because they live in a different area and perhaps speak with a different dialect. All this can take place through the benefits of youth sports.
Creating Future Role Models
A community needs leaders to look up to and respect, and sports can be a terrific way to learn new skills especially leadership ones. To improve in sports many kids have to learn how important being a team player is and develop responsibilities in their own role.
Not every player can be a quarterback or a center-forward, and there has to be water carriers so a team gels as a team. The best eleven individual players rarely make the best teams, there has to be a blend of artisans and leaders, the same in every walk of life.
When playing sport kids learn how to win with grace and lose with dignity, and this learning of integrity and sportsmanship is invaluable in later life. High pressure situations tends to lead to decision making, and teaches young persons how to succeed in later life.
Leaders and captains of sporting teams often graduate to be leaders of their communities, they are respected for the deeds they did in their youth and so are accepted gladly to be leaders of their communities. It is a natural progression from youth into adulthood.
In conclusion, being involved in youth sports and teams, as a player or as a parent, can grow community awareness and foster a spirit of belonging. An active community can also be a vibrant one that interacts together that creates a positive overall effect, to the benefit of all. It is quite amazing all this can be achieved by the youth of a community playing sports together.