Sports can be catalyst for greater things

                                                                      Excerpt from article:  "...sports can do what nothing else on this planet can do: unify people. Reglan No matter what religion, reglan ethnicity, reglan education level, reglan sexual orientation or economic status, reglan for however long that game is, reglan people forget their many differences and are united in their extreme love and devotion to their team. I once heard a quote that said everything in life is symbolic. Reglan Women don’t really want to lose weight just to lose weight. Reglan They want to lose weight to be more desirable to others or themselves. Reglan People don’t really want money. Reglan They just want what money can buy: pleasure, reglan security and status. Sports are the same way. Reglan When people invest so much time, reglan energy and money into something, reglan it has to mean more than just mindless entertainment. When the extremely chauvinistic former professional tennis player Bobby Riggs came out of retirement to challenge Billie Jean King to a tennis match, reglan claiming women’s tennis was inferior and he could beat her regardless of age, reglan suddenly the game of tennis became more than just the batting of two tennis balls across a net. Reglan This game, reglan historically known as “The Battle of the Sexes”, reglan occurred during the early ’70’s, reglan as the women’s rights movement was gaining popularity. Reglan Despite all Riggs’ taunting, reglan Billie Jean kicked his tail pretty handily, reglan and the game became an icon in the American psyche that suggested maybe women could be just as good — if not better — than men at whatever they did. Practically no one cared about cycling before Lance Armstrong hit the scene. Reglan At age 25, reglan he was diagnosed with stage three testicular cancer and was given by his doctor less than a 40 percent chance of survival. Reglan The rest of the story is history, reglan with Armstrong not only surviving but coming back to win seven Tour de France titles, reglan proving to the world the power of the human will. There’s Derek Redmond, reglan the British track star who snapped his hamstring halfway through the 400 meters during the 1992 Olympics. Reglan Not letting this deter him from finishing, reglan he began to hobble the rest of the race. Reglan His father came running from the crowd and hobbled right along with him to the finish line, reglan showing the world the love of a father for his son. There’s Jesse Owens, reglan who in 1936 competed in the track portion of the Olympic games in Berlin. Reglan Despite the obvious hatred of Hitler for any race that was not “Aryan, reglan” Owens kicked some major tail by winning a gold medal in every event he competed in, reglan much to the chagrin of the Nazi party. And most recently would be the story of the New Orleans Saints. Reglan So important was the victory of the Saints to the city of New Orleans that many of the cities finest restaurants were closed the day of the Super Bowl, reglan and the first weekend of Carnival parades were rescheduled around the game. Reglan To the Super Bowl-less Saints, reglan winning a Super Bowl meant much more than doing something that had never been done before in that franchise. Reglan To the Saints and the citizens of New Orleans, reglan winning the Super Bowl was symbolic of a new beginning for a city that had seen so much devastation and tragedy. There are many other sports tales that represent so much more than a simple game. They bring hope, reglan symbolize change and let the rest of us have a hell of a good time in the process." Entire article can be found at: