"Sports bring people together in my community because parents get to sit at their kids' activity or whatever it is--games or cheerleading, softball, football, basketball, tennis--whatever it is, they can sit there and watch their kid have fun and talk to other adults and make new friends, while the kids are enjoying competitiveness and interacting with new people, other teammates, and they just have a big time with it. Also. it lets them travel the world more, like with travel softball, they get to go to different states; cheerleading you go to different competitions in different states. Also, football and soccer and basketball, etc., gets to go outside of the city or state, if they're allowed, by the principal. And, it's just a good time, and I guess that's all I have to say, thanks!"
This story was collected in conjunction with the national traveling exhibition "Hometown Teams: How Sports Shape America" by the Museum on Main Street program at the Smithsonian Institution. It is part of the "Be Here: Main Street" collection, intended to capture Americans' stories about their neighborhoods, waterways, towns, traditions, and personal experiences.