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Young and old, rich and poor, boys and girls, sports can bring together billions of people in single events. They are full of passion and dedication, from both the athletes and fans. The industry is one of the biggest in the world, generating an unthinkable amount each year and seeing billions of people invest their time, money and lives.

The Unity of Sports

From playing in a football match to getting an early payout offer at the bookies, you are part of a community of millions of people. The aim of sports is to win, but is that all about?

Passion

People who may otherwise have nothing in common, join together in stadiums as fans or as players and leave those differences at the door, for the sake of enjoyment and passion. Celebrating a win or cursing a loss with a stranger sat next to you. This is a prime example of sports’ power to unite and connect us all. Individuals join together with people from all walks of life to support their team, despite race, religion or gender.

Sports has long been a method of reducing hostility or solving conflicts; being traced all the way back to the origin of the Olympic Games

In a world, often divided by countless issues and conflicts, sports has enabled us to connect.

Healthy Competition

Sports has long been a method of reducing hostility or solving conflicts; being traced all the way back to the origin of the Olympic Games, in which was created as a way of instilling peace in Greece through friendly competition and stop the violence and conflict for 7 days before and after the event (the Olympic Truce) allowing the athletes and their loved ones to travel in peace, to and from the games.

During the first World War, on Christmas day in1914, German and British troops agreed upon a truce so they could all mark the festivities and again, sports were involved in the peace. This truce involved a game of football with troops from both sides, showing us that sports has the ability to bring people together through friendly competition and shows us that it’s not all about who walks away the winner, but the impact it has had on those involved.

Sports is known for its multitude of world-wide events…

  • The Olympics
  • The World Cup
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These events allow countries from all over the world to set aside their differences and evidence their talents and their passion.

The World Cup has been held in many different countries and each of these countries have alternate ideals and regulations on social issues (religion, sexuality, gender etc), yet when they host, peace and acceptance come hand in hand, allowing all people to enjoy the games in unison.

Youth Charities/Organisations

Many organisations have been founded on the foundation that sports is an excellent method to help our young people prosper.

Some of these programs involve allowing youths to spend their time and energy playing football or basketball or other activities to keep them off the streets; keep their vulnerability from being exploited and crime becoming their way of life, at such an early stage, when it is avoidable.

Other organisations focus on the rising concern for young people's mental health, with social pressures becoming harder to avoid and 1 in 20 suffering from poor mental stability. Sports can act as a distraction, an outlet or improving social interactions while tackling the also rising issue of obesity.

Unicef is a charity providing humanitarian and development aid children around the world. They have the idea that sports can change children's lives by allowing them to…

  • Break down barriers
  • Participate
  • Incourage inclusion
  • Provide them with positive a attitude/outlook

Samantha Pierrie

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