Sport, in a broad sense, is a competitive activity or contest. In some cases, it can also be a noncompetitive ritual performance.
Sports teach important life skills:
Winning and losing are the foundations of most athletic pursuits, whether they’re practice or competition. It’s important to accept victory with grace and to respect defeat without resentment.
Athletes who are good at sports can be seen as role models for young people and can help them develop their self-esteem, confidence and social skills. They can learn to take accountability for their actions and work with their team on a common goal.
They can also learn to be a leader. Being a captain or taking on other leadership roles helps them develop their own ability to lead and take responsibility for the success of their team.
They can learn to appreciate others and how they contribute to their teams, and they can develop empathy for those who are struggling with a difficult situation or are in pain. It’s an important lesson in life and one that teaches them to be kinder to those who have less than they do.