In addition to the miraculous feats of athletes, the brilliant game strategies, or the heart-wrenching obstacles that athletes overcome and the inspiration that ensues, sports are beautiful because they act as agents for social change. Sports have changed the landscape of this country with the likes of Jackie Robinson integrating baseball which lead to civil right advancements in this country; or even Tony Dungy winning the Super Bowl as a black coach which may have had a little something to do with Barack Obama becoming the first black POTUS.
But, the real beauty of sports is bringing people together. In some instances, sports may be the only topic that can be discussed at a dinner table without leading to a war of words. Or, it’s the only occasion that a family gets together, honoring the tradition of going to the opening game of the season. While it’s not the only occasion we get together in my family, it does give us another excuse to get together. You see, this year, some of my family members and I returned to our hometown for the annual homecoming game. Do we really care about the outcome of the game? Well, yes we do cause this is still our team and we’re petty like that (we won 61 to 0, by the way). But, mostly, it gives us a reason to get together around a confirmed date and time. A time to visit with one another in the city we love with the people who will always love us in spite of knowing us. What’s more beautiful than that?