Sports really are about much more than winning and losing. It is easy to forget that, as we get caught up in the moment. We are taught from an early age that winning isn’t everything, but so much that happens in sports that seems to indicate that, for many people, they have lost perspective. The fact that an organization like the UN has an entire section like Sport for Development and Peace reminds us that sports are powerful in ways that go far beyond winning and losing.
From the United Nations:
Due to its vast reach and unparalleled popularity, sport is ideally positioned to contribute towards the United Nations’ objectives for development and peace. To raise awareness of this potential, 6 April was declared as the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace (IDSDP) by the UN General Assembly.
In the words of the Special Adviser to the UN Secretary-General on Sport for Development and Peace, Mr. Wilfried Lemke, sport “has the capacity to empower individuals and bring one’s moral values to the forefront” and “can play a strategic role in transferring life skills and communicating useful and encouraging messages on important issues, thus driving social change.”