As I watched the Espy’s the other night, the whole world witnessed the power of sports. When the top performing athletes across sports took the stage last night, the world could not help but marvel at these athletes. The Espy’s is like the Grammy’s, but for sports. On this stage they let us know that sports are bigger than anyone who plays them. Sports give people hope, and they send a message to fans that the sky isn’t even the limit anymore! You can accomplish anything you want. There are moments in the history of sports that still continue to shock the world, leaving everyone in tears because these athletes entertain us and take us away from all the negativity. When fans are cheering for their favorite team the only colors that matter are those on the Jersey or uniform! If you’re a Miami Dolphins fan, on Sunday afternoon the only colors that matter are teal and orange. Black, White, Asian, Hispanic, etc, it does not matter because sports even make race disappear for a couple of hours.
How about the money and time donated by these athletes and organizations? Athletes like Deshaun Watson, Chris Long, JJ Watt, Kevin Durant, Peyton and Eli Manning, and so many more donate thousands of dollars and hundreds of hours to people all over the country; giving back to their hometowns, raising money for certain organizations, and helping when disaster strikes! For example, JJ Watt of the Houston Texans helped to raise over $37 million for the victims of Hurricane Harvey. His teammate Deshaun Watson donated around $30,000 to 3 women who worked in NRG stadium; they were greatly affected by Hurricane Harvey. Anthony Rizzo a survivor of Hodgkins Lymphoma and a member of the Chicago Cubs donated $3.5 million Lurie in order to help Cancer patients. Many of these athletes donate money to a number of different causes, and many of them even have charity organizations. Some of these organizations include,
- Pujols Family Foundation
- Kershaw’s Challenge
- Turn 2 Foundation
- Jeff Gordon Children’s Foundation
- Make A Wish
- Tiger Woods Foundation
- Why Not You Foundation
- Eli Manning Children Clinic
- Lebron James Family Foundation
I could go on forever about the work that these athletes do outside of the sports world. In this world there are not several problems, there is one main problem and that is a human problem. During the Espy’s Jake Wood, former Wisconsin Badger, former Marine said, “Things as simple as a uniform let team colors like red, blue, or gold or a camouflage pattern unite us rather than have colors like white, black, or brown divide us.”
Sports are bigger than scoring touchdowns, hitting homeruns, scoring goals, or even doing a McTwist on a snowboard or skateboard. These athletes make our days with their God-given abilities and their drive to be the best. These athletes give people hope. You don’t have to be Tom Brady or Aaron Rodgers in order to make a difference in peoples’ lives. If you are not making someone’s life better, you are wasting your life! The next time you question the amount of money these athletes make remember what the power of sports mean to the world. Imagine the athletes that are out of poverty because of sports; imagine the players who have lost parents and they need something to live for; imagine a life without sports! The power of sports is deeply engrained in the world and goes beyond these athletes and organizations. I’ll leave you with this; Nelson Mandela said, “Sports have the power to change the world. It has the power to inspire, the power to unite people in a way that little else does. It speaks to youth in a language they understand. Sports can create hope, where there was once only despair. It is more powerful than governments in breaking down racial barriers. It laughs in the face of all types of discrimination. Sports are the game of lovers”.