Be A Sport And Make Your Kids Too

Sports or general playing outdoors formed a sizeable part of one’s childhood some years ago. But lately, kids prefer to remain indoors and play with their Xboxs or PSs as opposed to going out and breaking into a sweat.

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I am not going to go into the demerits of not playing a sport, but will rather showcase the merits of doing so. I believe sports occupy a prominent place in the life of a nation. To me they are an indicator of the culture of a country too. The basic values like healthy competition, respect for the opposition and fair-play are inculcated by playing sports.

Sport not only helps keep you healthy and fit but also plays an important part as a recreational event. Imagine you are home after a having a really hectic week and decide to go out with the boys for a game of football. Your batteries are recharged; your stress gets busted and it relaxes you so much more.

Sports shape the character of a person significantly. Concentration, alertness, team-work, focus and leadership are some of the skills that sport teaches anyone. Sports develop and encourage the spirit of healthy rivalry and competition. They teach us coolness, courage and self-control. It inculcates team-spirit, a sense of comradeship and discipline. A sportsman has to obey his captain and accept the judgment of umpires and referees. He learns to place the interests of the team above considerations of self. Thus, sports play a vital role in imparting complete education. Also it breeds the sportsman spirit which enables everyone to accept failure and defeats in a positive way and learn from such events.

Recently, we have seen a few good initiatives have been taken up by a few leading news networks too. Currently we have a ‘Marks for Sports’ campaign endorsed by a leading cine star. It encourages schools to grade students for the sports they participate in. Sports have to be part of a country’s culture and getting the schools into this is a really good initiative. Another initiative I saw was ‘Moms for playgrounds’. This one actually expresses the concerns of moms who want their kids to go outdoors and play. India’s leading lady boxer, a mom herself, is an ardent supporter of this cause.

But to me the best example of Sports changing lives in India is the story of the state of Haryana. Nestled in the north of India, Haryana has had a tradition of producing a lot of good sportsmen, after all, India’s first cricket world cup winning captain comes from that state. But the 90s and the turn of the millennium saw a huge chunk of the Indian youth fall prey to drugs and substance abuse.

Haryana was one of the worst affected states. Today, with the help of sports, the state government has been able to bring a huge turnaround in the attitude of the youth. They have exorcised their drug demons and have taken up sport as a way of life. And the result of that is Olympic medal winning wrestlers and boxers.

Sport binds people across boundaries. When a national team (be it of any game) plays, the entire nation rises up as one. Such a quality is rarely seen elsewhere. So my humble request to all moms and dads on Parentous is “Be a sport” and your kid will imbibe the same value.

Ashok Chandrashekar works in the IT industry in India. Loves travelling, photography and blogging when he is not sleeping. Happily married for almost a year now. He is here to observe and learn from other parents. This knowledge will surely be helpful for the future. 🙂  

  • With 24 hour kids’ channels, Playstations, Mobile/Video games, lack of open spaces, break-neck competition for higher scores; is it a wonder that kids are losing out on the simple joys of engaging in sports? Like everything else, the answer is parents. We have to make the effort, we have to create the opportunities and environment, we have to select our priorities. My son is all of 22 months now but we know how important it is for him to release his energy in some physical activity. My husband is crazy about playing games on PlayStation, but he has been into sports all his life. I don’t have to tell him that our son first needs to discover the real football and tennis before playing on Playstation! He is just waiting for him to grow up some more 🙂

  • Ashok

    Rightly said Reema. I grew up playing cricket and badminton with my Dad. On occasions he wasn’t there I still went out and played for the sake of it. A lot of people in our generation did so. When I see the kids born in the late 90s or at the turn of the millennium, I sense a natural avoidance to go out there and get down and dirty playing ball. These days social networking is more important than playing sports. I just hope this attitude gives way and kids enjoy sports more.