Football, basketball, baseball, golf, hockey, soccer; these are just a few of today’s sports that are being played by many around world. Many play for competition, others play for recreation, and even some play to test and increase their skills and abilities. No matter the reason, sports have imparted a major influence to those that have played or even to those wanting to play. Knowing this, it can be bring up a curious question: why are sports important?

Some may say that it brings out their true selves. Heywood Broun, who was a sports writer back in the day, said it best: “Sports do not build character; they reveal it.” So one can say that participating in a sport, no matter what sport, is a means of escape from the worries of life. The time spent in sport is time away from stress, hassles, opinions, judgment, and whatever a person does not want to deal with during that time and just be able to express their true character.

Some may express that it brings a community together. Whether it’s a group of guys getting together to play football, ladies meeting up to take a ride on their bikes, children gathering to play some kickball, or even families coming in to watch others play, sports has a invisible magnet to brings together those from differentbackgrounds in life.

We have many varieties of sports: walking, biking, jogging, swimming, lacrosse, mountain biking, polo, kayaking, and even the more famous sports mentioned in the beginning. No matter the sport, no matter who plays, and no matter if it’s in a stadium or in the park, it's important to know the different impacts it can have on people. It has become a major aspect and major pop culture to the many lives on this world. So wherever you are, take Michael Jordan’s advice: "Just play. Have fun. Enjoy the game."