It’s every high-school kid’s dream to be the quarterback of their school’s football team, and to get the friends and popularity that the position entails. But a new study proves that those popular kids actually do have way more friends. With the rise of bullies and child labor, popularity has become a glaring topic that has shined a light into the struggles of the modern day human. Friends can determine where you work, how well you’re paid, and even whether or not you can find a comfortable seat on the bus. A lot of people are regretting decisions made in their childhood to focus more on what they enjoyed doing rather than making lifelong friends. Parents are struggling with helping their children make friendships that will help determine their standing in society later in life. Luckily for parents, new research is being done to help determine the best methods for forming friendships during childhood, and sometimes into adulthood. One such way that has been identified is sports.
We reached out to a local football coach for the Centennial JimJams* to see whether he agreed that sports can form lifelong friendships. “Friendships? Of course we form friendships. It’s hard not to when you need people to play on your team to keep them from taking away your funding. I personally encourage the kids to talk to each other on and off the field.”
Coaches aren’t the only ones who value friendships in sports, hockey moms are also looking for closer ties for their children. Carolyn Saunders* is a local hockey mom who was willing to give us some insight into why hockey moms are so desperate for friendships. “It’s mostly the stuff — all that stuff we have to carry around for them when they go to games or practice. ‘Many hands makes light work’ was something that my mother, and now I, live by. Also, if your son has a really good friend on the team, sometimes that friend’s mom will offer to drive them to practice, so you don’t have to. That’s the dream anyways. Don’t even get me started on having multiple boys in hockey at the same time. We’re considering upgrading our SUV to a 15-passenger van, just to hold all the equipment! And with gas prices going up, we almost have to consider child labor at this point. We’ve heard there’s some promising legislation taking place in Vermont.”
It’s not just children that benefit from athleticism though, many adults also reap the benefits of sports-power. We managed to get an interview with quarterback Peyton Rodgers*, one of the most acclaimed quarterbacks right now, to see how his life is impacted by playing sports.
“I love sports, sometimes that’s all I think about, other times that’s all I can think about. The money is good, but the friendships are really the best. A close friend coming to your games and eating your food in your private box while you crush the competition is priceless. True, during the losing streaks, or times you can’t afford as much free food because of the fines for wearing a tu-tu while you play, people don’t want to come to your games. Sometimes I worry they only care about the money… But I try not to think like that too much.”
It’s obvious that sports are here to stay, so we might as well get our kids in there while we can. We don’t want them to grow up as nerds or stingy business-people.
* Name changed for anonymity