Why should I play a sport? This is a question that is very common among teens. Sometimes, there is a fear that athletics will consume all the time that is usually spent on schoolwork or a social life. Participation in sports, however, benefits a person physically and emotionally, and it helps build skills in time management that would be useful for a student who is preparing to go to college.
Because sports involve exercise, a student who participates in a sport is usually healthier than a student who does not. Mrs. Gina Szesnat, the school nurse at the Academy of the Holy Names, said, "If a student can successfully balance their time between sports, school, and fun, then they will be healthier than a student who doesn't play a sport." They also may find something they love to do.
Mrs. Szesnat said: "I feel sports are important because if you can find a likeable physical activity now, you will continue that activity your whole life. High school is the time to develop healthy habits."
Being on a team teaches people how to communicate and work with others cooperatively. Being on a team also gives you the opportunity to meet people with similar interests who may become lifelong friends.
Anne Kennedy, a senior who is a softball player and a volleyball player at Academy of the Holy Names, said, "Being on a school team-especially because I started in 8th grade- allowed me to meet a lot of new people, improve my skills, and grow as a player."
Many students say they do not do sports because they feel being on a team involves too much stress. Both Anne and Mrs. Szesnat disagree.
Ann feels that sports giver her "something to look forward to every day."
Mrs. Szesnat said, "Not every sport is as demanding as others, and because there is such a variety of sports to choose from, every students should be able to find a sport that fits their schedule."
If you're ambitious and are thinking about your future, a sport may help you get into a college.
According to Mrs. Helen Spiro, the college counselor at Holy Names, "Colleges look for students who do well academically, but they also look for students with a passion for other things too." For many students, the other activity they are passionate about is a particular sport.
Participating in a high school sport require skills in time management. Having a practice or a game after school every day and on Saturdays could interfere with the quality of your homework. Generally, however, students agree that when they have limited time, they get their work done quicker. Anne said, "I find myself more focused and energized after a game, and I can do more work when I have less time." Mrs. Spiro agrees. She said, "Students who are busy outside the classroom do better with juggling their work." If balanced correctly, participation in you school's athletic program could greatly benefit you.