Social significances

“Outside of my family, sports have been the number one influence in my life. I played and coached for Michigan State University and in the National Football League so, without football I wouldn’t have a college education or became a coach. I wouldn’t of met my wife and wouldn’t have all of the wonderful grandkids that I do today” (HB)

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“Well aside from playing sports and watching/listening to them, growing up we collected cards. Collecting baseball cards in the 60’s and 70’s was a huge deal. Collecting and trading them was a hobby that we all did. Also going to baseball games as a child, the grass was so green and the stadium was so big it was such a treat to get to go” (SB)

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“Sports have been a huge part of my life. I grew up in a very athletic household. Both of my parents played sports, my 2 older brothers played sports and so did I. When I had children, I put my kids through sports. Both of my children played division 3 sports in college. Also I have 13 grandchildren and all of them are old enough to participate in sports. My daughters son now plays at Michigan state for the basketball team. My life revolves around sports so its obviously been a huge part of my life” (KJ)

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“Sports has always been big to me, today sports employ me. I grew up playing since I was young and it has helped create friendships and relationships that I have carried throughout my life” (QC)

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“It matters greatly. Sports influence culture, style, teamwork and relief from stress. It’s a way to escape the realities of everyday life, for the 2 or 3 hours that game is going on, whatever problems you have are non-existent” (QC)

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“We would listen to the Tiger’s games on the radio. Even your mom liked to listen to the games; it was something the family would do together.  I remember listening to Denny McClain pitch, he was a real pitcher.  Back then there wasn’t any relievers coming in.  He would pitch the entire game.  He won 30 games one year.  They don’t even start 30 games anymore” (TD)

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“Sports can matter in one’s life in many ways.  Whether it’s by teaching valuable lessons of winning or losing or competing, or simply by being involved in something as a fan or follower.  It serves to connect individuals to a cause.  It keeps youth out of trouble by keeping them occupied” (DK)

 

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