The student news site of Whitney Young Magnet High School in Chicago, Illinois.

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The student news site of Whitney Young Magnet High School in Chicago, Illinois.

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The student news site of Whitney Young Magnet High School in Chicago, Illinois.

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Teammates to Friends: How Sports Foster Human Relationships

Teammates to Friends: How Sports Foster Human Relationships

Looking to make some new friends? Or meet people with similar interests to you? If that’s the case, then sports might just be your best bet. One of the best things about sports is that they are “an important vehicle for integration, for developing young people and communities by enhancing social, psychological, economic and physical capital”, as written in an article for the University of Melbourne by Dr. William Abur, an experienced scholar in health and physical sciences. They give you the chance to get together with people who may seem like they have nothing in common with you. The love of sports and competition can be the glue that initially holds friendships together, as people can bond over their common interests. Friendship isn’t the only benefit of sports, as it can help adolescents in many ways, including reducing stress and boosting self-esteem. 

Sports also make finding friends easier, especially if you’re new to a school. Sports are a great way to get acquainted with your peers and find your people. “Most of my closest friends at Whitney Young were met through sports,” says senior Yostyn Waterhouse-Castro. “At this point, sports aren’t even the focal point of our relationships. They were just the kickstarter.”  Having a shared interest can lead to finding more about each other quickly, and you can always fall back on the sport that brought you together if there isn’t much else going on.

It’s not just playing sports that brings people together, as just being fans of the same sport is enough to spark friendship. Sports author Ben Valenta, in an interview with CBS News, said “Ultimately, what matters most is not what’s happening on the field between the lines, but what’s happening in the stands or in the living room amongst the people that you’re with.” Being able to get together with others because you all are fans opens the door to further and more impactful relationships. 

So the next time you feel out of place or want to meet new people, find a game to play in and get started. Whether it’s the local YMCA, a school team, or just a park district league, the gravity of sports can bring you closer to those around you.



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