Benefits of Sports by Edmund Corrado

(10th Grade Baseball Player)

edmund“Playing sports helps you stay in shape, teaches you how to organize your time, boosts friendships, and builds relationships with your peers and adults,” said Marlana Shile and Katie Howard in an online research project. Playing sports can be very beneficial for people and there are many different ways that sports can make people better. Unfortunately, sports can hurt people and make them feel overwhelmed with schoolwork; however, sports can be good for people in ways such as helping with kids’ communication skills and doing better in school.

Sports can hurt people and make them overwhelmed with too much work. I took a poll from some kids that play sports and they said, “Kids that have practice two to three times a week may feel like they don’t have enough time to finish homework.” This proves that kids can get pressured when they have practice and homework on the same night. Another example that shows that kids can get hurt while playing sports is, “The risk of injury is the most obvious danger associated with sports,” said Edie Grace whose work has been published in medical magazines and aired on radio. This explains how sports are and can be dangerous.

Even though sports can hurt people and make them overwhelmed with too much work, sports can be good for people in many ways because sports help with kids’ communication skills with people. “Playing sports is very beneficial for the development of social skills in a person. Sports teach a person to interact with people,” said Manali Oak (a software engineer that developed into a writer) in an online article. This explains how sports can help kids from being shy to talk to other kids. Another example that shows that sports help with kids’ communication skills is “participating in sports helps build leadership skills,” wrote Katie Howard and Marlana Shile. “You can demonstrate your own leadership through team captainships and individual actions to improve your team’s success,” said Marlana Shile and Kate Howard. This shows how kids can lead and help other kids in not just sports, but other activities, too.

The most important reason sports can be good for people in many ways is because sports help kids do better in school work. “Kids who participate in sports attend school more, are more community and civic minded, get in less trouble, and tend to be more successful in the workplace. They have done studies from corporate leaders in the country: The number who made the honor roll was less than 20% but those who played sports were 70% – 80%,” said sports psychologist Patrick Cohn.

This explains that kids can excel at both sports and at academics. Another example that shows that sports help kids do better in school work is “statistics show that kids who are involved in sports while in high school are more likely to experience academic success and graduate from high school,” said article writer Harry Wilson. This shows that kids can focus on school work and sports at the same time.

So you can see that although sports can hurt people and make them overwhelmed with too much work, sports can be good for people in many ways for two main reasons. First, sports help kids’ communication skills with other people. But most importantly, sports can help kids do better in school work. “Playing sports helps you stay in shape, teaches you how to organize your time, boosts friendships, and builds relationships with your peers and adults,” said Marlana Shile and Kate Howard. With all the benefits that sports provide, especially in school, why are there still so many people that do not participate?