15 Reasons Why Growing up Playing Sports Changed My Life

15 Reasons Why Growing up Playing Sports Changed My Life

I highly recommend getting involved in sports, you won't regret it.

All thanks to my parents, I grew up playing sports and they have shaped me in the man I am. This list will explain to all of you who do play sports and even those who don't, just what comes out of it.

1. My group of best friends is the same group of best friends since I was 5 years old and we all met through sports one way or another

2. Respect is taught in every sport, whether it's Cheerleading or Hockey, your coach and parents always taught you how to treat others with respect.

3. Dedication is built inside of every athlete. It's the dedication learned in every practice, and every game. It's there every time you sweat and inside every trophy. This dedication is carried over into my every day situations.

4. Success is the only drive because we are all taught winning is the only thing. In life, success comes with winning. The feeling you get when holding up a trophy as a kid or even an award for Employee of the Month, is a feeling you'll never forget.

5. Playing these sports growing up, gave me a sense of competitiveness that carries over in everything I do. Whether it's my school grades, or my job, I always want to be the best and I take everything like it is a competition.

6. Knowledge in sports came from playing a variety of sports growing up. I played baseball, soccer, hockey, and football. I learned everything there is to know about these sports and it all came from playing them growing up.

7. Keeping good health is one of the most important things in life. All the running, conditioning and eating healthy in prep for game day, has made me much healthier in my life.

8. There's one thing that sports does to a lot of kids that is over-looked often. It keeps us off the streets and from getting involved in any wild ill-mannered behaviors. With all the time you spend at these sports, you don't have the time to get involved in the bad.

9. Being called lazy is one of the most insulting words to a lot of people. I can assure you, if you play sports, go to school, and some have a job as well, you are not lazy.

10. I have met people from all around the country and even the world. Meeting people from playing sports is so easy. I now have friends from Pittsburgh and as far as Switzerland.

11. Memories from playing these sports growing up and even the memories I continue to make today, will last a lifetime. Every trophy or scar has a story to tell someone and a memory I will never forget.

12. Sportsmanship is also over-looked a lot when we talk about benefits of sports. In most sports every game ends in a friendly handshake. We all love the game we play and as heated as the game gets we need to realize we are all humans who just love the game and each other.

13. We all take pride for the team we play Whether it is for a school or a town pride plays a huge part in who we are. You learn to take pride in everything you do, schoolwork, accomplishments, etc. This was all taught to me one way or another through sports.

14. Learning to lose is just as important as learning to win. We always don't win, we have to learn to lose. Without losing, there is no winning. Sometimes I lose but I learn to be optimistic about it and bounce back and win the next time.

15. Teamwork is the number one key to success in a team-oriented sport. Without working together, there is no success. Teamwork is used in everything. As small as a team of ants lifting up a piece of bread. Much too big for one ant to carry but with the help of 100 ants the bread will be moved. Learning to work together is used just about everyday. It is in school projects, at your job, and even maybe helping carry a heavy box for an elderly woman.

These are the qualities sports has brought me over the years. No matter the sport, no matter the intensity a sport will require dedication, heart, and losing. Without these things what would life be as we know it. All I want to say is, thanks mom and dad for pushing me into sports, they changed my life forever.

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The Coach That Killed My Passion

An open letter to the coach that made me hate a sport I once loved.

I fell in love with the game in second grade. I lived for every practice and every game. I lived for the countless hours in the gym or my driveway perfecting every shot, every pass and every move I could think of. Every night after dinner, I would go shoot and would not allow myself to go inside until I hit a hundred shots. I had a desire to play, to get better and to be the best basketball player I could possibly be.

I had many coaches between church leagues, rec leagues, personal coaches, basketball camps, middle school and high school. Most of the coaches I had the opportunity to play for had a passion for the game like I did. They inspired me to never stop working. They would tell me I had a natural ability. I took pride in knowing that I worked hard and I took pride in the compliments that I got from my coaches and other parents. I always looked forward to the drills and, believe it or not, I even looked forward to the running. These coaches had a desire to teach, and I had a desire to learn through every good and bad thing that happened during many seasons. Thank you to the coaches that coached and supported me through the years.

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Along with the good coaches, are a few bad coaches. These are the coaches that focused on favorites instead of the good of the entire team. I had coaches that no matter how hard I worked, it would never be good enough for them. I had coaches that would take insults too far on the court and in the classroom.

I had coaches that killed my passion and love for the game of basketball.

When a passion dies, it is quite possibly the most heartbreaking thing ever. A desire you once had to play every second of the day is gone; it turns into dreading every practice and game. It turns into leaving every game with earphones in so other parents don't talk to you about it. It meant dreading school the next day due to everyone talking about the previous game. My passion was destroyed when a coach looked at me in the eyes and said, "You could go to any other school and start varsity, but you just can't play for me."

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Looking back now at the amount of tears shed after practices and games, I just want to say to this coach: Making me feel bad about myself doesn't make me want to play and work hard for you, whether in the classroom or on the court. Telling me that, "Hard work always pays off" and not keeping that word doesn't make me want to work hard either. I spent every minute of the day focusing on making sure you didn't see the pain that I felt, and all of my energy was put towards that fake smile when I said I was OK with how you treated me. There are not words for the feeling I got when parents of teammates asked why I didn't play more or why I got pulled after one mistake; I simply didn't have an answer. The way you made me feel about myself and my ability to play ball made me hate myself; not only did you make me doubt my ability to play, you turned my teammates against me to where they didn't trust my abilities. I would not wish the pain you caused me on my greatest enemy. I pray that one day, eventually, when all of your players quit coming back that you realize that it isn't all about winning records. It’s about the players. You can have winning records without a good coach if you have a good team, but you won’t have a team if you can't treat players with the respect they deserve.

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I Asked 15 College Kids What The Funniest Thing They’ve Seen Happen In Lecture And Here Are The Cliff Notes

Lecture can be a weird place.


We have all been to our fair share of lectures and have taken something away from them (hopefully). Every lecture has something special about it, whether its an amazing professor, a boring professor, a class full of athletes, or something super funny and unprompted happens that makes us remember that class forever. These are those stories.

1. "I took a new media class taught by the guy who did that emotion-manipulation experiment on Facebook and we spent one class just going on chat roulette on the big screen in front of ~100 people."

2. "There was this kid who opened a test once said “F this shit” and walked out of the room."

3. "In my 'Power of Maps' class, our teacher showed us a map of popular songs in many parts of New York City. "No Sleep Till Brooklyn" by Beastie Boys was the most popular in Brooklyn.  Our teacher, a sweet 60-year-old woman, didn't know what that song was so I belted out the chorus and the first verse."

4. "Freshman year my econ professor brought a puppy German Shepard to class, and it started to circle like it was about to poo and the professor tried grabbing paper towels but he couldn’t get it under the dogs butt in time and the dog took the wettest and MOST DISGUSTINGLY smelling poo. Everyone was gagging and my professor said right away “ok class is cancelled.”"

5. "My sociology professor was trying to prove a point about spontaneous behavior and randomly went from lecturing to screaming and threw his iclicker, it hit the ceiling and came crashing down batteries flying and all. Then, he causally walked over, collected the parts, put it back together, told us not to tell anyone and continued lecturing."

6. "I had a professor/advisor freak out because he sent a PTK promotional flyer for review. He walked into the room and asked how it looked not knowing he had forgotten to delete the second page of the template which was up on my screen. Me: "I totally would join after seeing this" Professor: "What the..." He stormed out of the room to his office across the building to resend the flyer before I could stop him."

7. "One time in my biology class last year, this kid raised his hand during class when we had a substitute teacher, and asked her, "hey so can I leave because I just really don't wanna be here" and everyone laughed and she was like "uh yeah I guess" so he left"

8. "In my English class, freshman year, none of us did this hard and dumb assignment and our professor was PISSED. He threatened to fail all of us and make us do this extra work and etc. So, one of my guy friends sang "Big Girls Don't Cry" in front of the entire lecture hall and our professor all gave us an A for the assignment we did not do."

9. "My friend was in a lecture and there was a dance off between one guy in the front and a guy near the back in the middle of the class."

10. "My public speaking professor allowed everyone to use one note card for a three-minute speech. I had to peer-review a speech where the student used five notebook pages, read her "extemporaneous" speech word for word and flipped through the pages awkwardly throughout the speech because she didn't have them in order."

11. "On the first day of my marketing class, a kid sits down next to me in the middle of a 500+ seat lecture hall, reaches in his backpack, pulls out a small bottle of vodka and goes "holy sh*t I forgot about this guy!!!!" and chugs the entire thing before the teacher even starts class. His parting words were "ooh, I'm probably gonna have to take an Uber home""

12. "In the middle of March during an exam "All I Want For Christmas Is You" started playing from my phone.  Then later on I found out my professor tweeted about it, and he was not a fan."

13. "My econ professor took a selfie with our class on the first day of lecture to convince all of us to follow him on Twitter."

14. "For my 9:30 Entrepreneurship class my professor did not say anything, just walked in class, went to the computer and put on the music video for "Natural" by Imagine Dragons, and even during class he never mentioned it, so it served zero purpose he just wanted to play it for us I guess."

15. "My Media Studies professor commonly said things like: "I am cartoonishly liberal." "If you don't like me as a professor, I don't really care, because all I have to do is look at my teaching award." "Stop shuffling." "If you hate this class, it's because you are not doing well." and "If I'm awake, you're awake."

I hope that these stories gave you a laugh and you will have your own funny lecture stories to tell someday.

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