While watching television I notice that sports are everywhere. I was watching ESPN then start flipping the channel. I stop at the NFL network to see the top ten plays of Sunday games. After that I change it to the news at the end they were talking about NBA lockout after that a Gatorade commercial came on. At that moment, I thought to myself and realize sports are a huge part of my life. I came to the conclusion that sports are a part of American culture. Sports in the United States are an important part of American culture. Football, basketball, baseball, and hockey are some of the most popular sports in America. So for my final prompt project, I decided to do my topic on sports in American culture. This topic interests me because I grew up playing basketball, baseball, football, and wanting to become a professional athlete. I meet an numerous amount of friends and learn so many life lessons while playing sports. I truly love watching or playing sports till this day. My objective on this research paper is to inform readers on how much sports influence Americans and the general public. I just want to explain how sports are a part of our society and how Americans involve sports related activities in their everyday life. It gives young athletes a chance get a education, teaches teamwork, and promoted health. Also, its entertaining and you can learn life lessons while doing any type sport. Olympic sport teams unifies the country and provides a source of state and national pride. Athletes that are superstars creates national heroes and public figures like Muhammad Ali and Babe Ruth.
Most likely sports are associated with education. Middle schools and high schools has sports team like basketball and football but are adding more lacross.Playing sports at a young age teaches kids how together along with others and teamwork. Sports teaches kids time mangerment and get them in shape. There are to many Americans that are obenisty or overweigth. Sports gets the young ones to work hard and gives them something to look forward to. Growing up playing sport you will learn life like lessons that come along with it and start to create goals of your own. Many communties colleges and universities has organized sports teams that willing to give scholarships. Today in the United States, many collegiate sports are in high demand. Its so popular on around the country that its on a national scale, in many cases competing with professional championships on prime broadcast and print coverage. For instaince, NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) football bowl games like the Allstate BCS National Championship Game and basketball touraments like March Madness which many american tune in to watch there favorite team or sport.
The Olypmics unifies the country and brings americans together showing thier national pride. When Americans see that red, white, and blue it just gets them going. Cheer and roars for the special individual that is respenting the counrty.Some of the memerable Olympic games are in men basketball, ice hockey, men swimming, and speed skating . The 1992 United States men’s Olympic basketball team also know as the Dream Team. The Dream Team were the first time NBA players such as Larry Bird and Micheal Jordan join to play for USA. In the 1980s it was the Cold War between United States and the Soviet Union at the time American were down and out. Unitl a miracle on ice happen the USA beat the USSR. When the United States men Olympic hockey won the gold medal it lifted the country as one. In 2008, at the Beijing Olympics Micheal Phelps made history as an American swimmer winning sixteen Olympic medals. In 2004, at Athens he won six gold and two bronze medals.Then in 2008, he won eigth gold medals. He as broke many records and became one the most successful athlete in the Olympic Games. In 2006 at Turin, Italy, Shani Davis an African American speedskater became the first black athlete to win a gold medal in Olympic Winter Games. Davis has set eight world record over his career and is adding on.The Olympic games shows nationalism for any country and the athletes are like warriors fighting for the gold to bring back home. Inside the United States there more then just one team for each sport. Its many different sporting teams in the different leagues because sports are considered to be America’s favorite pastime. For each state and city there are at least one team for each sport to represents them. The team represents different lifestyles all over the United States. Different people of race, religion, and values can come together through sports.
Fans love to support their home teams because they represent pride. The cubs that hasn’t won a World Series Champion in over a hundred years yet still has fans all over the USA. The home teams of a sport resents the community and the people. The home team logos, colors, jerseys, and other gear are worn by their fans with pride. This pride brings Americans together through rivalry, competition, and athletic events.
Sports for Americans show national pride and in American sports the superstars are look as national heroes. Adults want to be them and kids look up to them as Gods. The leader or captain of a sports team are most likely to be the heroes that the American crowd can related to. These heroes became house hold names such as boxer Mike Tyson and soccer player David Beckham. These guys are someone that inspires you and displays courage. They put their team on their back and win games to made it to the playoffs. Names like Micheal Jordan, Walter Payton, and Wayne Gretzky are legends in there sports because they won champions with carrying their team.
Sport superstars became familiar faces and their personal lives became our news. Like the O. J. Simpson murder case, Kobe Bryant sexual assault case, and Tiger Wood’s affair. The most popular athletes are like celebrities and the media can’t get enough of them. The media goes crazy for athletes to do something outrages and stupid so it can be all over the news. Most of the athletes lives the American dream some what. The rags to riches story of a young talented kid in a sport gets older. Their future in sports can get them an education and potentially become a professional athlete.
For Christmas many Americans and sport fans across the country will have a amazing and extra special holiday. Thanks to the end of the NBA (National Basketball Association) lockout has end and on December 25,2011 the Chicago Bulls will play the Los Angeles Lakers. Life was totally different for the fans that love the NBA but also for Americans that don’t because it was on every news channel and radio station. Many people notice things were different without the NBA. Now image the United States without sports. In America life for American would be very different. There wouldn’t be a pastime, and no way to pride for our country.
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