According to Google (or "The Gargle" as one of my relatives used to call it), "value" is defined as "n: the value something is held to deserve; the importance, worth or usefulness of something". The secondary definition is "a person's principles or standard of behavior; one's judgement of what is important in life." Corresponding verb definitions are "an estimate of monetary worth of something" or "to consider someone or something to be important or beneficial". Interesting. Value, in many cases, is like beauty...in the eye of the beholder. For example, some people find value in a nice bottle of wine, while I'm more of a Two-Buck Chuck kinda gal. (Well, less and less, but I digress).
|Two-Buck Chuck...Thank you Charles Shaw|
My point is, I believe sport brings value to individuals and community. In developing nations, sport as used as a catalyst for many outcomes, such as women's rights, education, and business opportunities. This is known as Sport for Development and Peace or SFD (very clever name, huh?). In fact, the United Nations even has an office on SFD which outlines some of the benefits of sport. See the website here: https://www.un.org/sport/content/why-sport/overview. Benefits identified by the UN include:
|Cred: Dekh News, There is even a Sport for Development and Peace Day|
- Individual development
- Health and disease prevention promotion
- Promotion of gender equality
- Peace building and conflict resolution
|Photo Credit: JUCO Tournament|
It gives value...has worth, is a benefit, is held in high regard, and is useful. To the fans, the athletes, the local community, and so, so many more.
To me, his innocence of sport is the heart of its value, and from kids to adults, the value can shape not only who we are, but the community in which we reside. This might look different in every place, for every age, but the value is worth noting. At the sports commission, we're not just about bringing and building events for our community, we're about the bigger picture, the true value of sport to our community.
This is Stoll on Sports. Remember this quote from Einstein "Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value."
Cheers to a valuable 2018!