Running header: SPORTS IDENTITY
TheImportance of Having a Sports Identity
Asports identity may be defined as an individual’s link to oraffiliation to a certain sport either by participation physically orsocially. A person without a sports identity in our society is morelikely to be isolated and alienated in many aspects. Moreover, asports identity promotes teamwork and competition which make a personmore open-minded. The love for sports brings people of differentcultures together. It promotes tolerance and gives a sense ofbelonging (Stodolska,M., Shinew, K., Floyd, M., & Walker, G. (n.d.).Therefore, a person without a sports identity in our society willlack intercultural communication skills.
Effectsof the Lack of a Sports Identity on a Person’s Social Contacts atWork
Aperson’s lack of a sports identity may affect his or her socialcontacts at work. Football, basketball, baseball and many othersports form a large part of people’s lives. Being an active sportsfan acts as a stress reliever (SportsFans: Social Identity Theory. (n.d.).A person who is not interested in sports is more likely to beisolated when sports debates are brought up at his or her work.People with sports interests interact more and get to know each otherwhile sharing about sports hence sports create an avenue throughwhich people can engage with each other.
Effectsof the Lack of a Sports Identity on Opportunities for Advancement andPromotion at Work
Thelack of a sports identity may affect opportunities for advancementand promotion at work. People who love sports are more likely tosucceed in their careers because sports promote interculturalcommunication skills. People from different cultures at the workplacefind a common ground by discussing sports. Having a sports identityinspires people to be physically fit in order to identify with sportspersonalities. This, in turn, enables such people to be mentallystrong and productive at work. A person without a sports identity andconsequently no interest in fitness activities may find they areconstantly fatigued and thus less productive at work. This, in turn,may affect their career advancement.
Mysports identity is vast. I love physical activities hence I engage inseveral sports both as a fan and also as a participant. For instance,I love working out. Every morning I jog before going to work to keepmy mind straight and body fit. I am also a member of a local soccerclub where my colleagues and I practice in the evenings after work.This way we have given our community an identity and also providedbusiness to local companies. I am a Chelsea Football Club fan and Igo out with my friends every weekend to watch matches. This improvesmy livelihood in the sense that I interact with people of differentcultures and find a common social identity. Additionally, my sportsidentity helps to keep me mentally strong. I am able to relieve workstress every evening in soccer practice.
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