Sports are important, just not the sports you’re probably thinking of.

 

I’m not talking about the NBA, NFL, MLB, NHL, MLL, etc. Professional sports are nothing more than entertainment, and I will be the first to admit:

I AM ENTERTAINED.

I am entertained beyond belief, obsessed even.

However, sport’s fans like myself sole focus shouldn’t be on athletes that have already became professional.

A New York Times study has shown that high school students who participated in athletics up until graduation tend to get better jobs, with higher pay.

The study showed that hiring managers expect former athletes to have more self-confidence, self-respect and leadership compared to students who participated in other popular extra-curricular activities.

With these facts at our disposal, I think it is saddening to see high-school sports as nothing more than an activity that parents of the players should watch. What’s more exciting: seeing some man you’ve never met score a field goal in basketball, or seeing the girl you sit next to in chemistry class make the exact same shot.

Don’t get me wrong. I understand the sentiment of wanting to watch people compete at the highest talent-level possible.

That’s not the point.

Becoming a professional athlete goes beyond the definitional standards of the word rare. Only the top one percent of the top one percent make it to that level, and once they do, they are compensated for competing. High school athletes on the other hand do not get paid. They do not get “free-or-reduced education” like college athletes. High school athletes are out there competing because they choose to, and we as a society need to place a higher value, or at least an equal value on the athletes in our community. Not the best player in our communities, not the spotlighted player on the local evening news. Every player, of every team, in every sport needs our support.

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