April 6 marked the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace. Never heard of this holiday? Well that may be because it’s quite new. In 2013, the United Nations General Assembly developed the annual holiday to “celebrate the contribution of sports and physical activity to education, human development, healthy lifestyles and a peaceful world”. In fact, the UN even recognizes access to sports and play as a human right. We often don’t realize how much of an impact sports can have on global development and societal growth. We checked out the UNs website on the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace, and here are just a few ways that sports can play a larger role in society.
Sports and Social Growth
Sports can promote economic and social growth in different cultures around the world. They help promote a number of societal ideals, including networking, solidarity, and justice. For a community, sports can teach conflict resolution, as well as communication and social mobilization. Participation in sports can also help individual development and has significant health and wellness benefits (but more on that later!).
Sports and Peace
Sports are a common ground across cultures. The shared interest brings people from different places together, crossing language and cultural boundaries. The shared rules and love of the sport bring people from entirely different backgrounds together and exemplifies the values shared by various cultures. This connection can serve as a great tool for peace building when reconciling from a conflict or bringing together foreign cultures.
Sports and Health
According to UNESCO, physical inactivity leads to approximately 3.2 million deaths per year. Promoting physical education in schools sets children up to live healthy and active adult lives. Many schools in developing countries do not have proper access to health and wellness education, and ensuring proper physical education courses are available in schools is a great way to promote health worldwide.
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