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ERIC Number: EJ931581
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 18
ISSN: ISSN-0892-4562
Building Character through Sports
Lumpkin, Angela
Strategies: A Journal for Physical and Sport Educators, v24 n6 p13-15 Jul-Aug 2011
Sports are a focus of millions of Americans as they attend, view, and participate in sports. The World Series, Final Four, and Super Bowl often bring back memories of fun-filled parties and celebrations, but there may be several reasons why sports are so popular in the United States. The popularity of sports, however, does not necessarily mean it teaches character, as many have claimed. Rather, it could be argued that sports reflect societal values. This article will examine how character can offset the pervasiveness of cheating in society and sport. First, it is suggested that cheating is prevalent in society because some benefit and win by cheating. Second, it is suggested that to eliminate cheating from sports, parents, teachers, and coaches can build character through sports but only if they offset the influence of cheating. That is, character is not automatically built through sports, but only through the consistent and persistent efforts of parents, teachers, and coaches will sportsmanship and other positive values be learned and demonstrated.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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