The late congresswoman Barbara Jordan answered the question “why does sport matter so much. She said
"It matters because sport is vital, it is viable, it is basic, and it is essential. Sport is not a frivolous distraction as one may first, without thinking, believe. Sport is an equal-opportunity teacher. It is a non-partisan event. It is universal in its application.
"I see sport as an antidote to some of the balkanization that we see occurring in our society; everybody wanting their own private little piece of turf; an absolute abandonment of any sense of common purpose, of common good. It is almost a cliche’ to say there is no `I' in the word team. If you are so focused on self, you cannot have any awareness of the common good.
"Another reason why I believe sport is essential is self-esteem. In order to be a contributor to American life, each individual needs to have a high regard for himself or herself first. Sport can do that. If you get out there and you have never been recognized for anything before in your life, if you show some capability, some particular tilt and talent for a sport, it gives you self-esteem.
"I believe that sport can teach lessons in ethics and values for our society. It is attractive to the young, and how many times have we heard someone despair over the plight of our young people." If you give them something to engage their energies, you would see that it might be something which lures them into the community of mankind and womankind."
Men's and Women's sports
Baseball, football, Iconic moments, and honors
Women and Men's Sports- track, volleyball, soccer, softball, swimming, basketball, tennis, golf, rowing- trainers , managers, strength coaches, rehab, conditioning , and Title IX.