Intellect, arts, clubs, and even as much as an individual’s future often times take a backseat to the high school affirmative of the importance of: SPORTS.
Sports, whatever the sport may be, have an unprecedented importance in the high school cultural life. Take for example, the pep rally today. Yes, it was a great accomplishment to win first place in state, and I am taking nothing away from the volleyball team, but what about the kids who put in the long hours of band practice to go on and get sixth in state. What about the people who spend five hours a night studying to maintain perfect grades? What about those who stay hours after school to learn their blocking and lines to perform a great show with a deadline a month away? Where is their recognition?
In my opinion, these extremely hard workers deserve more than a pat on the back and a “good job”, because while they work just as hard as any athlete, their lack of a formal involvement in a school team means they receive no benefactor for their efforts.
It can be extremely discouraging to make great strides in an artform or something of the likes and receive no acknowledgement, meanwhile a lackluster athlete can be praised for simply, being an athlete.
To the athletes: imagine if football (for example) always took second horse to a UIL math competition (for example), and it seemed like nobody cared about football. Can you imagine scoring the sickest touchdown ever then looking up to empty bleachers? How would that lack of any form of recognition feel?
Well I can answer that for you. It sucks. The discouragement and feeling of nobody caring is so tough that many lose love for their passions. The amount of willpower it takes to pursue a lesser appreciated craft is arguably greater than the work a starting quarterback puts in to get that last rep.
And don’t get me wrong– I’m certainly not bashing on sports. I drive literally across the city almost every night to practice soccer and perfect my play. I’m not saying that sports should be cared less about. What I’m trying to get across is to show a little support for those who don’t get it often in their more artistic or intellectual trades. I would be dumbfounded if somebody I didn’t know cared as much about my stories, films and music as they do about my sport.
So next time, don’t give Ryan Love a half-hearted clap for winning state in UIL debate, but rather give him a hearty roar like you would before the kickoff of a football game. Hell, why not even host a pep rally for the band, the theater kids, the UIL athletes, the authors, the poets and the Robotics Club every now and then.
Attention is craved by all. Nobody enjoys trying their best for nobody to be on the other end of their High Five. The support of sport is great, now lets try to incorporate that level of excitement to the kids who crave it most.