A show of power is often conceived as being able to affect the other side negatively. While politically, it can seem like a necessity at times, this is not what should be promoted amongst children. Children and adults can benefit from being able to compete in and show power is a neutral level without adversely affecting themselves or others. Sports is the perfect recipe for anyone who has a competitive spirit and who want to be able to showcase abilities in a positive direction. Countries are brought together through sport. Wars have been halted in the name of the game. Thus, is the power of sports in an individual, community and nation. Here are some ways, sports can be used to promote Character Education in the development of a child.
Children can benefit from being exposed to emotional regulations. Emotional regulation will help them calm down and even out their breathing while keeping in focus, the situations that can aid in the release of the pressure built-in. This is done through at-bats, end-of-game situations and free throws that come during gameplay. Decision making and problem-solving are other valuable skills that will help children analyse their performance and focusing on improvements. Communication and empathy are built through, knowing what is happening with their teammates and coordinating their actions.
As a team and as an individual, there are several opportunities to overcome adverse situations through persistence. Very rarely, teams can find success uniformly. In sports like baseball, there are several individual outs and few hits. In soccer teams, there are only a few that can manage to score the goals. One person in the team is always laden with the responsibility to step up to leadership at some point. Integrity, consideration as well as humility comes into play when playing both individual and group sports.
For character education to develop, teachers need to be updated on their teaching skills as well. They would have to understand the pressure points that they need to focus on each child, and sports give them the ability to understand their wards better. While leadership training and sportsman summits are great, an actual on-the-ground, play-by-play of what happens with their students, is what gives them the real information they need to work on as well. Sports events and summits help coaches equip themselves with that is required to be better at what they do.
The skills that sportspeople develop is often not just constrained just to their individual selves. Whatever is learnt is given back to the society, school and their peers and thus keeping up with the cycle of character education and SEL in a child’s education. Most sportspeople are also looked up to by the society and others, making them great examples and mentors who can confidently pass on their skills to others around them. When working with special children, sportspeople understand the influence of handicap sports and also learn how equality and inclusion become prominent in society. In turn, both their character and what they can give back to people grow profoundly.