We know that children need models. And if we do not give them good role models,they will choose whatever is available to them. In general, sportsmen and women can make great role models. They embody traits such as hard work and perseverance, have a healthy and active lifestyle, and can teach children about working together as a team. The best athletes can also teach children about being graceful in both victory and defeat, characteristics which can be carried over to other areas in life.
Sport has a universal language of its own, one that can cross language and cultural barriers, uniting children in a common cause. Without words, a team knows that they have a shared goal, and that they need to work together in order to achieve it. Can anyone forget the 1995 Rugby World Cup, that united a newly minted country under one banner and behind one team?
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