Image Source: NBA Cares “How Basketball Changed to Change youand the World” Image Source: WikiMedia Throughoutthe years, sports has become a very famous trend all around the world. In fact,it seems like you can find sports anywhere you go at any given time. If youwere to be asked about sports, what certain sport pops out in your mind? It’svery safe to say that sports has brought an impact in to our lifestyle for thepast years. When you come to think of it, there’s this one sport that became outstanding and very useful in every person’s life; andthat is basketball.
A lot of people are aware that basketball is a sport that iswell-known around the world, but what some people are missing about is the factthat basketball has become more than just a sport. Basketball has become a verybig help to a countless number of people not just to the ones who play it, butalso to the people who doesn’t play basketball. This amazing sequence of eventsfrom being just a physical activity to being an impact all over the world hasgiven basketball a great case on being one of the best discoveries ever. If youthink that this is an overreaction, a superlative to make this paper effective,or the author is just being biased, then what you should do is to sit back,relax, and get ready to know how basketball has crossed beyond its borders toleave a mark in the history as one of the greatest discoveries of all-time. From Being an “Athletic Distraction” Image Source: Springfield Education Going backto where it all started, in 1891, a 30-year old man named Dr. James Naismithwas currently working that time in YMCA International Training School as aphysical education teacher was struggling to find an indooractivity that would serve as an “athletic distraction” for the students(TheBasketball World, 2014). Come winter time, when the footb all seasonended, they were challenged to find a game that would strike the hearts of thestudents and would make them interested (Springfield, 2017). A game that couldbe played indoors and during winter season.
Naismith then accepted thechallenge, and proved that it is possible to have an interesting and fun sportduring the cold season. This broke the ideology that the only way to have an”athletic distraction” is with a very large space, but today we could see thatbasketball is being played anytime, indoor or outdoor, everywhere all over theworld. It’s amazing how it exceeded way beyond the expectations. Even thoughNaismith wasn’t able to witness how the game developed and evolve, it’sfortunate that he was able to see how quickly basketball has become from beingjust an “athletic distraction” to being a very famous Olympic sport (TheBasketball World, 2014).
Basketball’s instant success was very unbelievable,but out of all the possible factors of its success, there were three major keysto this sport’s success that were evident and made basketball the bestdiscovery among the others. Physical and Personal BenefitsForpeople to like something, of course the very first thing that they wouldconsider is that the benefits that they would get from it. Basketball couldhelp you in various ways, and one of them is weight control. Just so you know,a person who weighs 170 pounds could burn up to 617 calories by just playingbasketball for about an hour (Mack, 2017). I couldn’t agree more to thatstatement. The fact that basketball requires constant body movement whilerunning back and forth through the court and non-stop jumping makes you burnfats. Yes, it’s very hard and tiring, but doing it more in a constant basiswill make your body adapt to the pace and physicality of the game.
Other thanthe weight control, basketball could also relieveyour stress. Yes, it does! Even if basketball is a competitive game, you couldunwind with basketball all by yourself. Compared to other sports, you’ll needto have another person to be ableto play with (Mack, 2017). But with basketball, the mere practice of shootingthe basketball by yourself and seeing those shots go in could provide you avery soothing, relaxing, or satisfying relief, and that is without the need ofplaying with someone.
SocialGroup Perks Image Source: Pinterest The next thing that probably gave basketball an edge to beinga very useful discovery is its benefits socially. Most of the time, people playbasketball when they’re with their friends. They rarely play basketball withperson that they don’t know. But when you go to a basketball court and observethe people out there, you’ll see that most people there just became friendsfrom time to time, and that is because of their common interest, basketball.The players were given a chance to engage with everyone and have a funcompetition with them while having interaction or conversation with one another(Mack, 2017). So in a wider point of view, it’s safe to say that basketball is”low-key” or slowly developing one trait in every community, and thatis unity. That leads to the last point. Influences Unity Image Source: NBA Cares Image Source: LinkedIn If there would be something that basketball has brought animpact, it would be the unity that it brings over time.
If you would study andwatch the evolution of the game called basketball, you would see the unity ofthe different basketball players. For example, the associations were doingcharity works such as giving donations to the needy and building school andhospital projects for the kids. Here, you will see how the game basketballbecame more than just a “sport”.
If you would come to think of it, what doesbasketball have to do with these charity works, right? It seems senseless orpointless, or whatever you would like to call it, but you cannot deny the factthat basketball’s evolution didn’t just bring an impact to the players itself,but also to anyone that doesn’t even know basketball. One existing proof ofthat is the NBA Cares program. It is a social responsibility program that wasraised by the NBA to give help regarding the different issues in the societywhich has already helped 18 Million youths per year by motivating them, buildinghouses, fund raising, and charities in over 1,115 places around the world (NBACares, 2017).
Basketball is more than just a sport and it’s more than just aman’s hobby or passion. Basketball also builds a strong bond of friendshipwithin its players. Whether you’re just an amateur or professional, basketballwill build new friendship and strengthen your friendship to both of youropponents and especially to your team mates.
Image Source: NBA Image Source: NBA Cares Image Source: SLAM Online Behind all those projects, charities, and benefits, do youthink it would’ve been still done without this sport? As all of you know,change is inevitable. Surely, basketball brought change to this world and tothe people. If you would take a look at it, all of those mentioned above waschanges not just to the players itself, but also to the people who probablydoesn’t even play the sport. Don’t believe it? After the recent hurricaneHarvey stroked Houston, a lot of sports organization didn’t hesitate to pledgeup reliefs for the victims; one of them is the Houston Rockets (Dator, 2017).The Rockets, a professional basketball team in the NBA, pledged to donate 4million dollars for the relief with the team’s owner taking the initiative(Dator, 2017). In addition, there were also NBA players who tried to help thattime such as Gerald Green and Clint Capela while the others expressed theirsympathy with the use of social media (Dator, 2017). Another one is the SagerStrong Foundation.
It is a foundation started by a sports reporter,specifically in the NBA, named Craig Sager. He built this to help the peoplewith Leukemia, but Craig eventually died because of it (SagerStrong Foundation,2014). Sager assembled this foundation during his fight with cancer since April2014 and then died last December 2016. With the help of other NBA players, theywere also able to put up 500,000 dollars during an event in the NBA (Rappler,2017). With just these, you could see how much the players support everyone whois a part of this sports, as much as the people who aren’t.
Their love andpassion for the game isn’t just the only thing that is visible, but also theirlove and passion to help others and be a good role model. It’s very amazing how a lot of basketball players were ableto use their beloved sport not just to benefit themselves, but also to make themost of it by bringing an impact to others with the use of this sport. With allof that changes, it’s safe to say that basketball has become more than just asport, more than a man’s game, and it has been a great impact from generationto generation; whether to yourself physically or to your social life throughits setting, its weight control, as a stress reliever, it benefits socially,and the unity it brings.
It is evident that those elements contributed big timeto make basketball known throughout the world. That factors has been developedover time as the game continues to evolve and change.After hearing or readingthis, the author hopes that you’ve learn something new and gain a bit ofinterest to this sport. Other than that, it also aims to bring change to yourmindset and perspective about the said sport. Lastly is that, it is destined toshow how and why basketball has been successful in making an impact to theworld since the time it was discovered. People could expect more of developmentfrom this game as the discovery of it continues to be one of the best thingthat has happened in human history.
Even if you don’t like to play the game,appreciating it could be the least thing you could do. If you could find timein trying this sport, it would be a great thing, so don’t forget to share yourexperiences to others when you tried to play this game. So wherever you go, whateverwe do, at any time, always remember that basketball is more than a game, but ahelp to each and every one of us including yourself.