When we were kids, we all had dreams. Some of us wanted to be astronauts, some of us wanted to be doctors, and some of us wanted to be professional athletes. Take a moment and really think about that statement, “Some of us wanted to be professional athletes.”
Kids grew up wanting to play a particular sport for the rest of their lives. Sports do so much more then people think. When it’s the bottom of the ninth and there are two outs with the bases loaded, everything stops. You’re not worried about your job tomorrow, the traffic during your commute, or even a payment that you have to make. You’re worried about whether or not your team can get the win.
When its the two minute warning and your team has the ball, down by three, with 80 yards to go, all you want is to see them pull it off. Sports take our minds away from our everyday lives and allows us to unwind and focus on simply seeing victory. For those who wanted to be athletes, their lives never changed.
When kids woke up in the morning, the routine was simple; wake up, have breakfast, and go play and have fun. For the dreamers, the routine was similar, except instead of playing for fun, they would practice to get better. After all, practice makes perfect, and that mantra has never failed anyone who took it seriously.
At a young age, sports were just fun activities for most children, but a select few had larger aspirations. Kids start off in Pop Warner football, Little League baseball, AAU basketball, youth club team hockey, etc. At a young age, it wasn’t in our minds as kids to be playing for the entertainment of a crowd. After games, hearing the words “nice game, kid” might have been the greatest praise a young athlete could hear.
The older we got, the bigger the crowd. By the time kids become teenagers, they have officially established what sport they want to thrive in the most. When high school roles around, some people will play a sport for the first time, but for the veterans, it’s just another day at the office. When these athletes get to high school, they notice the crowd cares about what you’re doing just as much as you and your team do. The crowd has gotten bigger, the team has grown, but the thrill has stayed the same.
As high school goes on and the athletes get better, colleges get involved. The kid who was playing for the love of the game, is now being recognized for his talent. Colleges want them to represent their school, state, and community not just because you play a sport, but for your skill to help everyone who attends and works there. For them, you symbolize a hope for greatness.
Sports become a way of life for athletes. You went from being a local town kid, to a high school hero, to having a full ride at a college to represent your entire school, community, and possibly be on national television. Kids didn’t see themselves on this stage when they were first strapping on a helmet or learning to dribble a ball, and yet here they are.
People will pay to watch dreamers achieve greatness. More time passes and eventually the pros come calling. Imagine that. I bet when kids woke up in the morning and decided to sign up for a sport for the first time, it wasn’t in their minds that they would someday be getting a call from a professional team to represent them.
Those big dreamers fulfilled their dream of becoming the pro athlete they always wanted to be. They may not be saving lives, but draining a basket with two seconds left will give life back to a nail-biting fan. They may not be flying to the moon, but 50,000 fans screaming your name and wearing your jersey will send anyone’s heart to outer space. Sports are more than running or dribbling a ball or shooting a puck. It’s the thrill of buying your first pair of skates. It’s the excitement of making your first three and most of all, its the love for the game. Sports do so much more for this planet than people think.
An entire country comes together for a World Cup. States come together to watch their favorite teams succeed. People unite around sports. Hate doesn’t exist. Sports were created to distract people from the everyday struggle. Without sports, how else would people unwind and relax?
There is nothing like waking up and going to a ball game or a hockey game. There is nothing like seeing your child love something so much that he or she aspires to a become a pro at it. “This game is more than running a ball,” a famous quote from the movie “The Express,” the story or Ernie Davis. Players achieving greatness gives others hope. Watching your friends or family achieve greatness is hope for others. The games that we watch and root for put goosebumps through our veins and blood flowing through our bodies. Hearts don’t beat faster than when the clock is almost at zero and your team is on the rise. Kids impersonate their favorite athletes, which at one time you did and current athletes did.
Sports are the world’s past time. Without these games, we would be lost. Grown men and women even go as far to say that these games saved their lives. Sports teach kids discipline and responsibility at a young age, and most of all, it teaches them to have fun. I give my life to sports. As a former athlete, I learned a lot from my coaches and teammates. Some of my former teammates have become my best friends that I will never leave. I thank sports for being a big part of my childhood and a bigger part of helping me mold into a man.
“You can’t put a limit on anything, the more you dream, the further you get.”
“Winning isn’t everything, but wanting to win is.”
“When my time on Earth is gone, and my activities here are past, I want them to bury me upside down, and my critics can kiss my ass.”
“Don’t measure yourself by what you have accomplished, but by what you should have accomplished with your ability.”
“Set your goals high, and don’t stop till you get there.”
“You miss 100 percent of the shots you don’t take.”