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what are the disadvantages and advantages of sports??(eg fame/overcompetitiveness)...

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celestinehanr... | Student, Grade 10 | (Level 3) eNoter

Posted July 20, 2012 at 5:30 PM via web

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what are the disadvantages and advantages of sports?

?(eg fame/overcompetitiveness) please list examples and detailed explaination too.if you could please also included useful website that i can refer too

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e-martin | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted July 20, 2012 at 6:46 PM (Answer #2)

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To speak very generally, some people like to argue that sports can take the place of warfare, allowing distinctly different peoples a chance to confront one another in non-violent ways. This may be too much of a stretch for some people, but it's an interesting idea.

International sporting events like the Olympic games and the World Cup (of soccer) are two examples of sport as scaled-down-conflict but still large scale competition.

On a more person level, sports are obviously beneficial in their promotion of physical health. Sports get us moving. Fitness and sports go hand-in-glove. This point is probably too obvious to bear examples. 

Potential negative aspects of sports might include the creation of unhealthy psychologies such as a belief in the idea that "winning is everything". This type of belief system could lead to low self-esteem on one end and unscrupulous/immoral behavior on the other. 

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted July 20, 2012 at 7:05 PM (Answer #3)

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I must start this by saying that I love sports.  I lettered in multiple sports in high school and have coached sports as a teacher.  I love them because sports let you do things with your body that are joyful.  There is nothing that is satisfying in the same way as doing something just right in sports.  That said, people overemphasize sports and make people into heroes because they are good at sports.  This leads to excessive self-importance on the part of athletes and lack of self-esteem among those whose talents lie in other areas.

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literaturenerd | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

Posted July 20, 2012 at 7:46 PM (Answer #4)

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I would say that sports are important given they help students to become more rounded. ON the other hand, some students put far more focus upon their sports than on their academics. When this happens, I would say that this is a negative aspects of sports.

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mwalter822 | Teacher | (Level 2) Educator

Posted July 20, 2012 at 8:49 PM (Answer #5)

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I really enjoy sports, so I tend to look at the positives. But I realize that there are also negatives. Ironically, these negatives often affect the best athletes. These athletes often allow their sports performance to define them as a people. This becomes a problem when they inevitably fall back to earth as the competition and/or injury catches up with them. By then it is sometimes too late for them to catch up academically, because they have never worried much about the academic side of school.

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Kristen Lentz | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted July 21, 2012 at 12:23 PM (Answer #6)

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I think everybody needs a reason to "wake up" in the morning.  Something to give their life a goal and passion.  Sports are great because it gives some students a passion for coming to school, even when they aren't academically as motivated as I would prefer as a teacher.

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megan-bright | (Level 1) Associate Educator

Posted July 21, 2012 at 1:46 PM (Answer #7)

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There are many advantages to sports such as gaining exercise, learning to be a team player, making one's body stronger and so on. Plus playing sports is enjoyable and can be a stress reliever for many people. As for disadvantages, I will have to say injuries, danger, and the toll they can take on the body and the mind.

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celestinehanrocks | Student, Grade 10 | (Level 3) eNoter

Posted July 22, 2012 at 5:13 AM (Answer #8)

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There are many advantages to sports such as gaining exercise, learning to be a team player, making one's body stronger and so on. Plus playing sports is enjoyable and can be a stress reliever for many people. As for disadvantages, I will have to say injuries, danger, and the toll they can take on the body and the mind.

thanks for the answers,but i would prefere a more in depth answer and also not too personal.like economy benefit....thanks though for answering.

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celestinehanrocks | Student, Grade 10 | (Level 3) eNoter

Posted July 22, 2012 at 5:16 AM (Answer #9)

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I must start this by saying that I love sports.  I lettered in multiple sports in high school and have coached sports as a teacher.  I love them because sports let you do things with your body that are joyful.  There is nothing that is satisfying in the same way as doing something just right in sports.  That said, people overemphasize sports and make people into heroes because they are good at sports.  This leads to excessive self-importance on the part of athletes and lack of self-esteem among those whose talents lie in other areas.

thanks. could you give me an example to support the points above you've just stated? and what would be a good thesis statement to start of my sports essay regaring the advantages and disadvantages?

 

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najm1947 | Elementary School Teacher | (Level 1) Valedictorian

Posted July 22, 2012 at 5:25 AM (Answer #10)

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Sports have many advantages and disadvantages as listed in the previous posts  e.g. these are necessary for the health of body and mind and provide recreation. Most sports also inculcate in us discipline and team spirit i.e. cooperation. But what I see as a major disadvantage is the loss of time and money of the spectators that can be used more effectively for the benefit of mankind, and this is specially true for cricket where a single match goes on for days. The spectators, in this case, are sitting on their butts watching them  for hours for many many days. The idle time spent by them is not much different than the drug addicts. Sorry for such a strong analogy, if someone is hurt.

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celestinehanrocks | Student, Grade 10 | (Level 3) eNoter

Posted July 22, 2012 at 5:29 AM (Answer #11)

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Sports have many advantages and disadvantages as listed in the previous posts  e.g. these are necessary for the health of body and mind and provide recreation. Most sports also inculcate in us discipline and team spirit i.e. cooperation. But what I see as a major disadvantage is the loss of time and money of the spectators that can be used more effectively for the benefit of mankind, and this is specially true for cricket where a single match goes on for days. The spectators, in this case, are sitting on their butts watching them  for hours for many many days. The idle time spent by them is not much different than the drug addicts. Sorry for such a strong analogy, if someone is hurt.

thanks for the reply, but could you also list how sports can make a person overcompetitive?an also list an example,

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najm1947 | Elementary School Teacher | (Level 1) Valedictorian

Posted July 23, 2012 at 7:52 AM (Answer #12)

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In reply to 11:

Over-competitiveness can be seen when sports persons resort to drugs to get excellence. Match fixing can also be considered a similar event. These add to the disadvantages of sports.

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celestinehanrocks | Student, Grade 10 | (Level 3) eNoter

Posted July 23, 2012 at 11:59 AM (Answer #13)

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In reply to 11:

Over-competitiveness can be seen when sports persons resort to drugs to get excellence. Match fixing can also be considered a similar event. These add to the disadvantages of sports.

thanks, bu is there an article that is about overcompetitiveness which lead to different forms of cheating. because, i havent found an suitable article i can use as an example in my essay. also, could you think of a thesis statement to start my essay on sports?

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trophyhunter1 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted July 23, 2012 at 3:01 PM (Answer #14)

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Sports can be good when it gets students who are sedentary moving around and exercising. It is good for the metabolism, heart rate, pulse and for keeping fit. When people eat a lot of high calorie foods which are so readily available in the US, its a way to burn off some of those calories. It can boost teamwork skills and give confidence. On the other hand, sometimes sports can be taken so seriously that it can negatively affect self esteem when a team loses. It can also lead to bullying or exclusion. There are always two sides to every coin.

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najm1947 | Elementary School Teacher | (Level 1) Valedictorian

Posted July 24, 2012 at 6:13 AM (Answer #15)

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In reply to 13:

You may see the article: Are sports heading toward 'major crash' because of cheating?

http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/cheat/news/story?id=2960455

Cricket is perticularly notorious for cheating and match fixing and there have been many reported cases. One of these can be seen in link below with heading:

Bookie claims he paid Sri Lanka cricketer Rs 10 crore to fix IPL match

http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2012-05-19/tale-spin/31777516_1_crime-branch-ips-officer-gang

I hope it will provide you with required information.

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apgirl11 | Student, Grade 11 | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted August 15, 2012 at 9:15 PM (Answer #16)

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i don't see disadvantages to sports. I may just be saying that because I play sports, but sports help me with keeping my education up as well as my physical well being. When I am playing sports I know I have to keep my grades up. I keep an average of a 3.5 GPA because of playing sports it would be higher if I played sports constantly through out my school year.

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apgirl11 | Student, Grade 11 | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted August 15, 2012 at 9:17 PM (Answer #17)

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to add as for competiveness I live for it. It's no fun if it isn't competitive. Sports keep people agressive.

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nikitasingh | Student, Grade 10 | (Level 1) Honors

Posted August 18, 2012 at 5:34 AM (Answer #18)

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well i would like to say that too much of anything is not good. even sports falls in this category . i believe sports is important for the overall development of the body  and mind but too much may cause severe health injuries at a time.too much sports is specially not good for students as it acts as a diversion from studies..... but within limits its very beneficial..

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savannathompson14 | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted August 19, 2012 at 8:07 PM (Answer #19)

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It truly depends on what you do sports for. I am a swimmer and am doing it because I love it and because it's an excellent workout.

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jjrichardson | Student, College Freshman | (Level 1) Valedictorian

Posted August 19, 2012 at 11:51 PM (Answer #20)

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First and foremost, some students practice sports as a profession. For instance, athletics is one of the highest paid occupations in the world today. This has influenced many students who excel in various sports such as: football, handball, basket ball, just to name but a few, to concentrate in their respective disciplines so that they can find themselves in the shoes of some of the well known sport men in the world like; the famous basket baller Jordan, and renown footballers like; Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messy.

Furthermore, other students do a lot of sports because of health purposes. Some students attending school have various types of diseases and in some cases; their doctors recommend sports as being vital to their health. Taking this into consideration, they have to spend a great amount of their time doing sports and a relative small amount in school work in order to be healthy.

Finally, students who do a lot of sports have small amount of time to concentrate on their course work. Some students put in much of their time in doing too much sport and spend less time in studying, and as a result, they end up performing very poor in their various courses. In addition, there are some students who do sports not because they are very good at doing so, but because they want to imitate others.

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rebekahgrace | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted August 22, 2012 at 7:26 PM (Answer #21)

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I absolutely love sports. I like to play, watch, whatever! But really, there are a lot of disadvantages to sports if you play in high school, middle school, or college. They can come to inhabit your life, become all you think about, all you care about. They can cause you grades to slip from missing school, I speak from experience there. If you have strict parents when it comes to school, you can be pulled out for all of these reasons. You really do miss a lot of school.

 

But there are also a LOT of advantages to playing sports. They teach you leadership, to work with a team, to get along with others. They help you make friends, especially if your new. They keep you healthy and keep your mind sharp (i.e. softball & baseball -- balls come from no where, your always one you toes). Football and basketball help with memory, also. You have to remember multiple plays, and what play goes with what number or word you coach assigns. 

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tarzan322 | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted August 27, 2012 at 12:34 AM (Answer #22)

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Sports have advantages and disadvantages. One advantage of sports is it helps as an animal species to be able to let off steam so to speak. Naturally, we are competitive and compete for resources, territory, and mates. Since we no longer do this on an animal level, sports helps to satisfy that competitive urge.

That leads me to the major disadvantage of sports. As evolved animals, we should evolve out of and away from instincts and other things we no longer use. This competitive streak is one of those things. Sports simply reinforces an outdated instinct, and prevents us from evolving out of it. Where man has evolved into tribes, then into villages, and then into larger and larger civilizations and socities that seek some level of self sacrifice and organized cooperation, we have less and less need to compete for anything. But that strong urge that has only been reinforced by sports has forced us into a society that forces competition into it. This is the reason a socialist society will always fail. People will always compete to be in power.

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najm1947 | Elementary School Teacher | (Level 1) Valedictorian

Posted August 27, 2012 at 2:58 AM (Answer #23)

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A very interesting and mind provoking post (22) by Tarzan322. However I could not understand the conclusion:

Where man has evolved into tribes, then into villages, and then into larger and larger civilizations and socities that seek some level of self sacrifice and organized cooperation, we have less and less need to compete for anything. But that strong urge that has only been reinforced by sports has forced us into a society that forces competition into it. This is the reason a socialist society will always fail. People will always compete to be in power.

How does it make the socialist society to be singled out for failure. We see that all other types of societies have more competetiveness, specially the capitalistic society where there is an urge to become rich as wealth become the status sysmbol. The competition to gather wealth is so much that people do not care for the morms, values and law leading to injustice.

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truthseekah | (Level 1) Salutatorian

Posted August 28, 2012 at 2:09 PM (Answer #24)

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I think sports, in general, are subjective in regard to their positive and negative affect on people.  Sports can build confidence in one and destroy it in another.  Sports can encourage good social development or it can push them the other way.

That being said, I love sports and if directed by a conscientious coach, any sport can hugely benefit anyone.  You can learn many levels of respect, encouragement, competition, fun, responsibility, companionship and health that can aid you throughout life.

Sadly, you can be molded into an awful human being as the result of sports, too.

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hayden1234 | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) Honors

Posted August 30, 2012 at 5:45 PM (Answer #25)

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adv: for handicapped people it is a particular benefit for their everall growth and developent. with soprt they can release their tension and emjoy participating and above that self dicsipline.

     : sport also help us to keep us fit

    :higher concentration and more skills

 

disadav: people use sport to make money by corruption or bribe,

          :excissive sport

          :drugs

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astrosonuthird | Student | (Level 1) Valedictorian

Posted September 1, 2012 at 10:38 AM (Answer #26)

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Advantages are -

 

   If we play sports, we become very fit and healthy.

 

I play lawn tennis. And I am very fit. I rarely have fever.

 

If someone plays chess, his mind becomes very active and he desires to solve any problems.

 

 

The disadvantages are -

 

If a person gets to much interest in sports. That person's studies becomes very bad.

 


There are some sports which are not necessary to play ( useless )

 

like ludo, carrom, chinese chekkars etc..

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swasomezebecka34 | Student, Grade 10 | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted September 1, 2012 at 7:41 PM (Answer #27)

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Playing sports has many benefits.  It gets you in better strength and makes you stronger and healthier.  It gives you a fun activity to do and it makes you part of a team.  Sports are a good thing to do if you are competitive.

On the other hand, sports can be dangerous and give you injuries.  They can also be time consuming.

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astrosonuthird | Student | (Level 1) Valedictorian

Posted September 2, 2012 at 7:46 AM (Answer #28)

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Yeah! As i said.

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discoverer | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 2) eNoter

Posted September 2, 2012 at 3:50 PM (Answer #29)

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Involvement in active sports have NO disadvantages. period. anyone telling you differently is lying or he himself is a lazy bum. sports help to keep people grounded, cut all sorts of negativity and as an added advantage, you get a very fit and healthy body which usuallu supplements the mind. So go out there and play hard.

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astrosonuthird | Student | (Level 1) Valedictorian

Posted September 3, 2012 at 1:42 PM (Answer #30)

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What is the meaning of usuallu ( in the 4th line ) ??

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hadjartahax | Student, Grade 9 | (Level 1) Salutatorian

Posted September 8, 2012 at 12:56 PM (Answer #31)

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Sports have many advantages, but there are also a few disadvantages. Let's start with some advantages;

Sporting is very healthy. It is good to sport sothat you stay fit.

Also, you can sport sothat you don't get lazy. If you sit at home all day long and hardly move, you will get used to the fact that you only sit and do nothing else. So if you do move you will avoid doing nothing.

You can avoid getting too fat by sporting. If you are already  overweight and you want to become a bit more slim, start moving more. By sporting you stay your right weight.

There are some more but those are the most important ones. Now the disadvantages;

If you sport loads you might forget about other things like school (If you have school) or other important stuff.

You can start to weigh to less if you keep wanting to sport again.

With some of the sports you can get hurt, some sports are dangerous and you can brake body parts or really hurt yourself with some sports.

I hope this is enough, it's all I could think of.

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astrosonuthird | Student | (Level 1) Valedictorian

Posted September 9, 2012 at 2:39 PM (Answer #32)

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Ya! You are right..

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kavya--kammana | Student, Grade 12 | (Level 1) Valedictorian

Posted September 11, 2012 at 11:30 AM (Answer #33)

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i agree with post no #4

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krupavaraprasad | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted September 13, 2012 at 5:29 AM (Answer #35)

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Advantages of Sports:

  1. Improves your Health Condition
  2. Develops self - Confidence
  3. Looses fat content in the body
  4. Increase in the fitness
  5. Long life.

Dis advantages of Sports:

  1. Due to improper management body pains may come.
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sourjyadipray | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted September 13, 2012 at 8:10 AM (Answer #36)

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I think sports is a very important aspect in everyone's life. Playing sports keeps a person fit and healthy and also helps in increasing a person's stamina , physical strength as well as a person's mental strength. Basically it makes the person strong.Sports also teach us overall discipline,teamwork,etc..which in today's world , mankind is lacking a lot.

There are also a lot of disadvantages to sports. For example, too much of sports  can physically tire us as it requires a lot of body strength to play. It can also make us mentally tired. For example , if play too much sports , we usually don't have enough power to take part in all the intellectual activities that are taking place around us at that point of time.Sports also has an other major disadvantage - injury. Playing sports proffessionaly usually leads to both major and minor injuries which sometimes can make a sportsman both physically and mentally handicapped.

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astrosonuthird | Student | (Level 1) Valedictorian

Posted September 14, 2012 at 10:20 AM (Answer #37)

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I agree with #35

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celine123123 | Student, Grade 10 | (Level 3) eNoter

Posted September 16, 2012 at 5:47 PM (Answer #38)

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Even though people may disagree, sports has the power to bring you together. I do a lot of sport quite seriously, and it has taught me to keep fighting, that you should never give up because you never what is round the corner. I think like this, sports has a lot of great values. But it also brings out competition and opponent(s) have to respect each other for sport to continue to be valued.

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astrosonuthird | Student | (Level 1) Valedictorian

Posted September 20, 2012 at 9:26 AM (Answer #40)

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I agree with #38.

 

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hayden1234 | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) Honors

Posted September 23, 2012 at 9:17 AM (Answer #41)

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i agree with post no 4

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