How many athletes, fans, coaches, parents or school administrators really understand the major purpose of sports? Did you know that more nations enter the World Cup soccer competition than belong to the United Nations? That a staggering one third of all humanity watch the Olympics and World Cup soccer finals - mostly on television? Young people by the millions, worldwide, participate in various organized programs for different sports. Sports are big. With all the watching and playing, though, how many ever ask the question, "What is the major purpose of sports?" Ask that question and you'll receive different responses. Who hasn't heard these answers usually given as the purpose of sports: fun and enjoyment, entertainment, exercise and physical fitness, challenge and the thrill of winning, the camaraderie from belonging and contributing to a team.
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