Support the Sports Requirement
by The Milton Measure on Friday, November 11th, 2011
At a school as academically challenging as Milton Academy, giving students a way to release stress and refocus their energy is extremely important.
Athletics at the end of each school day provides an outlet for students to work out any anxiety built up through classes. Scientists have proven that exercising releases endorphins, chemicals in the brain that lower feelings of pain and stress. Exercise creates a fit body, as well as a calm mind. Milton should keep its athletic requirement to help students remain healthy, physically and mentally.
The importance of exercise has been emphasized for thousands of years. Many cultures recognize that exercise prevents certain diseases, and thus highlight athletics within cultural practices. For example, yoga emerged in Asian culture thousands of years ago as a way to keep people focused both physically and spiritually. In addition, the ancient Greeks enforced the idea of a fit and trim body, creating competitions that required strength and endurance. In fact, the value of exercise can be found in nearly every culture around the world.
Not only do sports promote a strong body, but they also illustrate lessons of teamwork and commitment. Being on a team sport teaches every player the importance of working with others, trusting your teammates, and being part of a group. These lessons will carry through our entire lives. Many bosses seek employees who played on a school team, assuming that these people will know how to work well with others.
Sports teams also promote the social aspects of high school. Teams create strong bonds between students of all grades, bringing the Milton community even closer together. This bonding is important, particularly in an academically intense school where students tend to feel a sense of competition with one another. Being part of a team has a way of negating competition within our community by focusing on helping each other. Given all the benefits of sports, Milton should continue to provide its strong and mandatory sports program to all of its students.
For anyone who wears Asics sneakers, you are carrying around a good reminder of the importance of athletics in life. Asics stands for Anima Sana in Corpore Sano, a sound mind in a sound body, the very message Milton is sending by requiring athletics.
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