The United States is not living up to its ideals of freedom, liberty, and justice for all no matter their race. Athletes are bringing awareness by a peaceful protest, which is protected under the first amendment for those who are oppressed. My cousin, a veteran, has also influenced my view on this situation. Seeing my own family member put their life in danger to save millions of others does not add up to someone kneeling on the sideline during the National Anthem.
Colin Kaepernick, former quarterback of the San Francisco 49’ers, decided to take a knee during the National Anthem to protest the oppression inequalities of African American minorities. He is fighting a long battle of what he believes is right, although he has to make big sacrifices and might possibly lose his job. Thus, being an American means being free and to be able to exercise our rights and speak up for what we believe
”People should stand for the national anthem for everything because its disrespectful to our veterans, people in the army, and police force; also it’s Americas thing to stand during the National Anthem to show that they are proud. Why do football players kneel during the National Anthem is the question all of America is trying to answer. The football players say they are
High school sports are fast approaching and everybody is brushing up on their skills. Entitlement is when somebody has the right to do something and exists in every high school sport Starting varsity is most player’s main goal, but it comes at a cost. Athletes should have to earn their spot to play varsity, it should not be given to them. Over the years I can definitely relate to this, and playing varsity has brought out the best in me by revealing my true character.
JD Baumann #2 People Should Play Baseball Have you ever wondered which sport to play? Even though there are many sports to choose from, I think people should play baseball. Baseball is a game that you play on a field called a diamond. You play offence and defence. When you are on offence, you hit the baseball that the pitcher throws to you.
Over the course of the past few weeks, multiple NFL players and teams have been kneeling, sitting, or raising their fists during “The Star Spangled Banner”. The players that have been participating in this state that it’s a movement to protest the racial injustice in America. In response to this movement, many people have stated that it is disrespectful towards the American Flag and the troops that are currently fighting and have fought in the past. Also, Donald Trump has stated that it is important for players to stand during the anthem, even going as far to say that those who do not stand should be fired. However, teams, like the Saints, have decided to kneel prior to national anthem and stand during the anthem.
In Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s article, “Insulting Colin Kaepernick Says More About Our Patriotism”, the author argues that Colin Kaepernick’s choice to not stand with his teammates during the US national anthem was patriotic. Abdul-Jabbar first compares Kaepernick’s choice to Army Reserve 2nd Lt. Sam Kendricks’ decision to interrupt his pole vaulting attempt at the Rio Olympics and stand at attention when the US national anthem came on. He believes that Kaepernick and Kendricks should be praised because they both behaved in a patriotic way. Abdul-Jabbar reminds us that Kaepernick’s reason for not standing during the national anthem is due to ‘things that are going on that are unjust that people aren’t being held accountable for.
While some believe that athletes should have their own choice at making a decision to go pro straight out of high school, they should not do so because they will not be able to manage their million dollar contracts respectively. Speaking of contracts, the NBA should eliminate guaranteed contracts for rookies drafted in the first round of the NBA draft. They should do this because a careless high school kid, could just go into the draft not knowing, or caring on how much they are going to make, with the lack of experience on handling millions of dollars. This is very unrepsonsibible for a teenager, and not only for the high school athlete, but also for the basketball association as well. This is because of there noncommitment to have these players
About 400,000 girls and guys do cheer in the United States. It cost about $2,000 to $3,000 to be part of the team and $200 to $300 for an overnight stay in out of town competitions. Cheer is a sport because parents and guardians have to pay and you are judged when you perform.
“I’m not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people,” stated former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick. Are NFL players such as Colin Kaepernick rudely disrespecting the country they live in by kneeling during the national anthem or are they simply protesting injustices? Some people firmly believe kneeling and protesting during the national anthem is the players right, while others insist that it is disrespectful to America. NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s actions of kneeling during the national anthem to protest social injustice have resulted in a intense chain of events. Hundreds of sports players are kneeling along with Kaepernick.
There were a lot of people in attendance at this game with which I spoke who said that they come to the games, whether they be home or away, to see and hear the Highlander Marching Band perform both pep tunes and their halftime performance. While many of these people that I talked to were friends and relatives of the band members, there were a few who really had no affiliation with the band whatsoever. I took the time to speak with these people who were there for the band, and relatives answered with things like "My son plays trumpet and has a solo during halftime!" or "My daughter is a senior, and I want to see her perform as many times as I can this year!". However, those who really did not have affiliation with the band gave me some more
Do you ever think about the benefits that you get when playing competitive sports? Well there's more than just fun to it. In this essay I will be talking about Why playing competitive sports benefits you. Some people say that competitive sports are not good because of cost, attitude and injury, Others say it prevents obesity, heart diseases, makes you healthier and happier. So is it good or bad. I have three reasons why it matters there is more but I will be talking about theses three. First it improves your health and prevents obesity or stem weight gain. Playing competitive sports makes you happy and if you are happy got get a good health and keeps your family healthy by being happy. The second reason is competition. Competition makes you
Should kids be sitting on the couch, watching movies, and eating chips all day? What kind of childhood experiences and learning opportunities for growth and development can be attained from being a couch potato? If you really think of it of course; your child is missing out on a lot of childhood experiences. Sitting on the couch, eating chips, is one of the factors to the fact that over one third of the world’s population is obese. Daniel Gould, Ph.D., director of the institute for the Youth Sports at Michigan State University, says, “A solution to obesity is competitive sport. The percent of obese people would drop about eleven percent.” (http://www.parenting.com/article/are-kids-sports-too-competitive) This proves that kid ages four to eleven, should participate in competitive sports. Competitive sports keep kids healthy and fit. Second it teaches kids to face competition and work as a team. My last reason is that it improves self-esteem levels; helps improve self-confidence and helps kids deal with pressure. This is why I believe competitive sports should be a part of all kids’ lives.
Nearly all Americans love sports but is it really worth it. In this generation, competitive sports has become more dangerous than ever sports experts are starting to worry that competitive sports has a more negative effect than a positive effect on children. Most competitive sports can lead to severe injuries, pressure which can lead the youth using illegal drugs, and all the money parents spend on their kids to play sports is ridiculous, and worst of all most children are starting to burn out of sports emotionally and physically.Competitive sports do not have a positive effect on all children because of the cost, pressure/injury, and enjoyment.
When Chris found out he had a child back in Vietnam, he rushed back to the Country in search for his son, “Thousands of children were fathered by American service men during the Vietnam war. Now in their 60s and 70s, some veterans are desperate to find the sons and daughters they have never known” (Roberts). Many children grew up without a father in their life; wondering why they have not come back to save them from the horrendous condition they live in. However, many soldiers were not aware about having a child from Vietnam; having never reconnected with the people who they served with and the friends they made in the Country.