What Playing Sports Teaches Us

What Playing Sports Teaches Us

7 things everybody can relate to.
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Sports are more than just a game. They serve as valuable pieces for life lessons and skills to be learned. Benefits that come from sports are numerous and cannot be quantified. Many children across the globe grow up playing some sort of game. It does not matter how rich or poor they are. Everyone can gain something from competing.

1. Hard Work Pays Off

Perhaps this is the most important aspect of playing a sport. If you want to become better at something, work at it. The reality of what you put in, is what you get out is all true. This can be applied to any faucet of a person's life. Whether it be with work, relationships or personal hobbies.

2. Friendships Are Formed

The people you compete alongside while playing a sport, often times, go on to be your best friends. Bonds are formed that nobody else can understand because of all that you have been through together. So, even though you might not go on to be a professional, you will have built relationships that will last a lifetime.

3. You Learn Respect

Every sport has rules that must be followed and officials that enforce said rules. In every discipline there are consequences for breaking the rules. Sports teach us from a young age to respect the game or you will be penalized.

4. It Builds Character

Losing is never fun. But learning to lose with class most certainly is an essential skill if you are to succeed in life. You will not always win. You will not always get your way. Sports are the best way in which to learn this.

5. Teaches You The Importance Of Fun

Having fun is something everyone must do if they are to enjoy life. What better way to learn this, than by playing a game. Because as we all know, games are meant to be fun. If you aren't having fun, than what is the purpose of doing it?

6. It Keeps You Out Of Trouble

Growing up, you experiment with different things and people. You try finding yourself and your unique identity. The people you are around start to shape you as a person and the experiences begin to define you. Sports are a great place to be around positive influences and around people who share the same goal as you.

7. Leadership Skills Are Gained

No matter what career or occupation you hold, some semblance of leadership skills will be required. There is no better opportunity to work on becoming a leader than by playing sports. It teaches to lead by example, not just rhetoric.



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20 Signs You Were A High School Cheerleader

You got really tired of hearing, "Point your toes."
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Cheerleading is something you'll never forget. It takes hard work, dedication, and comes with its ups and downs. Here are some statements that every cheerleader, past and present, know to be true.

1. You always had bobby pins with you.

2. Fear shot through you if you couldn't find your spankees right away and thought you left them at home.

3. You accumulated about 90 new pairs of tennis shoes...

4. ...and about 90 new bows, bags, socks, and warm ups.

5. When you hear certain songs from old cheer dance mixes it either ruins your day or brings back happy memories.

6. And chances are, you still remember every move to those dances.

7. Sometimes you catch yourself standing with your hands on your hips.

8. You know the phrase, "One more time, ladies" all too well.

9. The hospitality rooms were always one of the biggest perks of going to tournaments (at least for me).

10. You got really tired of hearing, "Point your toes."

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11. If you left the gym at half-time to go get something, you better be back by the time the boys run back out.

12. You knew how awkward it could be on the bus rides home after the boys lost.

13. But you also knew how fun it could be if they won.

14. Figuring out line-up was extremely important – especially if one of your members was gone.

15. New uniforms were so exciting; minus the fact that they cost a fortune.

16. You know there was nothing worse than when you called out an offense cheer but halfway through, you had to switch to the defense version because someone turned over the ball.

17. You still know the school fight song by heart and every move that goes with it.

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18. UCA Cheer Camp cheers and chants still haunt you to this day.

19. You know the difference between a clasp and a clap. Yes, they're different.

20. There's always a part of you that will miss cheering and it will always have a place in your heart.

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Where Is UGA Football In The National Sports Media?

What are the reasons UGA aren't featured as much on ESPN as other college football programs.

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Georgia football is coming off one of it's most historical seasons of all-time. Wins in the SEC Championship and Rose Bowl, an appearance in the College Football Playoff National Championship and a nationally ranked defensive performance for most of the 2017 season had Georgia experiencing the peak of college football's mountain. Coming into the 2018 season, however, Georgia has barely been talked about in the national sports media, taking a back seat to a quarterback-duel in Tuscaloosa and overlooked by other talented teams.

The sports media giants, such as ESPN and Fox Sports, understand that college football is a money maker in America. They spend countless hours talking about college football's best teams, players, storylines, and predictions on a week-to-week basis to please their audiences. While teams like Alabama and Ohio State have earned the right to be talked about by college football experts, why is Georgia football being overlooked coming off a historical season? Is it because we share a conference with the reigning dynasty in Alabama? Is it because we lost some historically great players in Nick Chubb, Sony Michel, and Roquan Smith?

The number one thing most experts say when discussing Georgia is the loss of those previously mentioned players who left for the NFL this past season. While this is a big loss for the Dawgs and those players will be missed, the team recently pulled in the number 1 recruiting class in the country this past spring which included seven 5-star players, and in two games played have shown that those positions have been filled and the team is still strong. Even after a strong performance against South Carolina on the road, Georgia still seems to be left out of ESPN shows such as First Take, who talk strongly about Alabama and Clemson.

Georgia hasn't gone totally broke with some college football experts. Three ESPN experts predicted the Dawgs to win the National Championship in a preseason poll, and 10 other experts of the 43 polled put them in the College Football Playoff. It's great to see some experts see the potential this Georgia team holds, but it's still upsetting not to see more coverage on a team that seems well on it's way to another great season. Even following the teams historic Rose Bowl win last January, the talk on ESPN wasn't about a dominating second half or the blocked field goal by Lorenzo Carter in overtime, ESPN felt like Oklahoma lost the game more than Georgia won the game.

Especially following last years College Football Playoff, many experts have written off Georgia as national championship contenders, calling 2017 a "one-and-done" for the Dawgs. This should not be the case. Georgia has some of the best young talents in the country with players like Jake Fromm at quarterback and De'Andre Swift in the backfield. This is the one bright side to Georgia's non-existence in the big sports media shows. With Georgia under-the-radar, the team seems more focused than ever with little distractions from the media that Alabama can't seem to dodge.

The biggest storyline throughout the offseason in all college football was the quarterback duel between Jalen Hurts and Tua Tagovailoa. Tagovailoa took over for Hurts, a two-year starter, in the second half against Georgia in the National Championship Game. He ended up leading a 13 point comeback to win the Tide's fifth title in nine years. All offseason, the talk around the country was who would end up starting at quarterback for the Crimson Tide. The question is why is this such a big deal? Why is this such a newsworthy event that it needed to be discussed on a weekly basis as the season grew closer? The reason has to be simple, Alabama wins.

Teams like Alabama, Clemson, and Ohio State have won national championships since the College Football Playoff began in 2014 and seemed to hog the spotlight of college football ever since. This has to be the reason for Georgia's disappearing act in major sports media and constant disrespect that the team does not fully deserve. Georgia is one of the most talented and growing football programs in the entire country, but until the Dawgs can win the big game that has eluded the program throughout the 21st century, the national media simply doesn't care what Georgia does. This bodes well for the Dawgs, as head coach Kirby Smart continues to ready his players and future players for multiple runs in the College Football Playoff over the next several years. Will Georgia become the next powerhouse of college football, maybe even eclipsing Alabama's national championship dominance? Time will only tell if this is an accurate claim, and hopefully can lead to the Dawgs becoming a hot topic in college football's landscape.

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