Life Through Sports
There are many benefits of sports that people are drawn to like the benefit of safe and healthy competition. Sports are a great avenue for teaching good sportsmanship and how to win with humbleness and how to lose with class. Sports can parallel life in many ways. It can teach us that not everything will go our way and that sometimes a strong, meaningful effort is just as important as victory itself. There are many lessons you can take away from sports like good preparation, consistency, and execution along with effective communication and teamwork.
Sports can teach many valuable lessons to take with you through life’s challenges. Another great aspect of sports is belonging to a team and being part of a group working together to achieve the common goal of victory. This kind of atmosphere lends itself to that feeling of unity that comes from being part of a community. This is why community parks with sports courts are so important to area families. By providing a community court neighbors can play tennis, basketball, or pickleball together all within one court design and enjoy many sports for all ages.
The Appeal of Local Game Courts
With the rise of social networking via the internet we are seeing more and more local events being held for communities. They can be fundraisers for an animal shelter or a small 5K fun run to raise awareness for a certain cause. These are examples of communities coming together for a common goal – much like a team working together. Having centralized local courts brings neighbors together through activities like a pickup game of basketball or an organized pickleball tournament. These are great ways to meet your neighbors and start to develop that sense of community by way of games at the courts in the park.
When local parks and courts are utilized by those in the neighborhood then local town officials will see to it that there is room in the budget for the maintenance and upkeep of those courts making sure they are always usable and in good condition. The turf will stay nice and all the lines and paint on the courts will always be in good shape. When courts and fields look good, they are more likely to be used and also are going to attract more people from the neighborhood thus expanding and strengthening the community feel as a whole.
Community game courts can be used for clinics for youth league players that are taught by college athletes. Other events like town yard sales create a sense of community and warmth. If the local varsity team is making a playoff push that year, then holding a massive pep rally for everyone to come together and show their support is another positive impact of a sports court.
Besides the benefits of local youth getting to hang out in a safe environment and play games at the local park there is the added possibility of an adult pickleball league for instance. Pickleball is one of the fastest growing sports right now and is ideal for bringing folks of all ages together. Organizing an adult basketball league could be a great way to get out of the house, stay active and meet your neighbors. Sports are a fun way to get outside your comfort zone all while meeting new people and challenging yourself and having some good fun.
Well-kept and routinely maintained fields and courts that look nice increase the overall appeal and value of a neighborhood. When a neighborhood has a safe place for kids to play then the more likely a family will want to settle down in that very neighborhood. Families heavily consider the quality of schools when choosing a place to live. The added bonus of a nice, clean park with well-maintained sports courts will also influence a young family’s decision to move to a certain area.
Common Bond Of Sports
A common thread for people are sports and local teams. Whether it’s a beloved professional team or a Friday night lights high school team, people rally behind their teams. This creates unity and team spirit. It brings us together. This spirit of local pride crosses over into fundraiser events for charity and or holiday bake sales to benefit a good cause. Amongst the many ways to bring folks together, sports can cast one the widest nets. People with totally different backgrounds and demographics often fall in love with their local team, no matter if it’s the pro level or little league. This is how, through professional sports and local neighborhood sports courts, people become unified.
Another great way to unify a neighborhood through your sports court is by organizing a local park volunteer clean up or beautification event. More and more towns and communities hold annual beautify events. This is when folks organize a day or weekend for residents to volunteer their time to help clean up local parks by picking up trash, clean leaves and debris, paint benches or fences, plant flowers, mow grass and maybe even spread mulch. Most of the time these events are held in the spring when a lot of us tend to do some form of spring cleanup at our own house and yard. Once again this is a great way to get out and meet your neighbors by lending a hand for the common good of keeping your area parks and courts looking great. Rolling up your sleeves alongside your neighbor for the greater good instills local pride.
Create A Community
There are many different ways to create community by sharing local game courts. They can be used for more than just sports. Although the quickest way to find a common thread sometimes is through sports, you may find other ways of incorporating a sense of community. Sport clinics, pep rallies, tournaments and clean ups are all effective methods for introducing people to each other.
These days it is just good to get outside instead of being stuck in front of a screen. With the help of a centralized sports court your neighborhood can show pride, spirit, and unity through more than a pickup game of 3 on 3 hoops. Your neighborhood can build a safe environment that other families will be drawn to. The possibilities are boundless when we work together.