I once went on a journey to see if I could find 50 different sports being played on a serious competitive level by American athletes. Turned out to be a piece of cake. It got me to thinking though. Are there 50 sports that pretty much anybody with a little motivation can play? And play well? Let’s find out.
I think you’ll agree that without people, sports are somewhat beside the point—no matter how many of them you can find. People are the delivery mechanism for sports. Or is it the other way around? In either case, sports + people = community. And who doesn’t want to be part of something bigger than oneself?
We’re not naïve enough to think that simply saying “Go play” will change people’s attitudes and actions when it comes to sports and recreation. There are some pretty significant obstacles to consider. Like everyday life, for example. Fortunately, some pretty smart people have been doing some pretty smart thinking on that very topic. And they’re willing to share.
Everyone’s entitled to their own quasi-connected stream of consciousness, so here you’ll find my rants, raves and occasionally lucid opinions about the games people play. Sometimes I’ll even support them with honest-to-goodness research. Go figure.
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