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Sports in America

Sports in US Society 

The important impact of sports on American society is acknowledged by the U.S. Government. The fact that sports and participating in sport activities help individuals develop character, discipline, confidence, self-esteem, and a sense of well-being is especially recognized by The President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports (PCPFS). It serves as a catalyst to promote, encourage and motivate the development of physical fitness and sports participation for all Americans of all ages. The PCPFS believes that physical activity and fitness offers important health benefits. In June 2002, President Bush presented his Fitness Agenda tasking the council with the communication of his Administration’s message on fitness and health.

Sport plays a major role in American society as it accounts for the most popular form of recreation. Many Americans are involved in sports - either as a participant or as a spectator. Amateur sports distinguishes between recreational and competitive sports.

Favorite recreational activities include hiking, walking, boating, hunting, and fishing. All of these are liked for the recreational value as well as for exercise. But there are also many other sports activities in America which attract millions of participants for personal enjoyment, the love of competition and for the benefits of fitness and health. In addition, sport teaches social values like teamwork, sportsmanship, self-discipline, and persistence that are highly regarded in U.S. society.

All these requirements are well covered in team sports such as baseball, basketball, football, volleyball that gained increased emphasis in the 20th century. Individual sports like swimming, golf, tennis, bowling, skiing, track and field are equally popular. The Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) takes care of the interests of amateur sports.

Abridged from U.S. State Department Publications, About PCPFS and other U.S. Government materials. 

See also:
About the USA: American Holidays - An Introduction


· Amateur Athletic Union (AAU)
· American Trails
· Athletes for a Better World
· Center for Sports Parenting
· Center for the Study of Sport in Society
· Citizenship Through Sports Alliance
· Disabled Sports USA
· Healthier US. The President's Fitness Agenda
· National Alliance for Youth Sports
· National Collegiate Athletic Association
· National Congress of State Games
· National Institute For Sports Reform
· National Sports Foundation
· National Sportsmanship Day. International Institute for International Sport
· Outdoor Recreation Research (North Carolina State University)
· P.E.4Life
· Physical Activity and Health. A Report of the Surgeon General. 1996
· The President's Challenge
· The President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports
· Promoting Better Health for Young People Through Physical Activity and Sports. A Report to the President from the Secretary of Health and Human Services and the Secretary of Education. Fall 2000
· Recreational Opportunities on Federal Lands
· Recreational Activities (U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service)
· The Sport Journal (United States Sports Academy)
· Women's Sports Foundation

· American Field Guide: Recreation (PBS) (Videos)
· Grant Hill of the Orlando Magic talks about the importance of sportsmanship and fair play on National Sportsmanship Day, March 6, 2001 (video) 56k l ISDN
· President Bush Highlights Health and Fitness Initiative. July 18, 2003 (Audio / Video)
· President Promotes Physical Fitness to Senior Citizens. June 21, 2002 (Audio / Video)
· Video Almanac (CNN/Sports Illustrated)

Exhibits - Digital Images
· Healthier US, June 20, 2002. Photo Essay (The White House)

For High School Students
· BAM! Body and Mind. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
· How Exercise Works (Howstuffworks)
· Kids USA Survey: Favorite Sports (Scholastic)
· Popular Participation in Sports. (The Reader's Companion to American History. Houghton Mifflin)
· Sports as Social Studies (Social Studies for Kids)

Teacher Resources
· The American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation & Dance (AAHPERD)
· BAM! Body and Mind. Teacher's Corner (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
· CHARACTER COUNTS! Sports (Josephson Institute of Ethics)
· Games Kids Play
· Good Sport Youth Development. Positive Learning Using Sports
· History of Sport, Recreation, and Leisure (Magazine of History. vol. 7, no.1, Summer 1992)
· The Institute for the Study of Youth Sports (Michigan State University)
· National Standards for Physical Education. ERIC Digest
· Outdoor Education (The Educator's Reference Desk)
· Outdoor Education Research & Evaluation Center (James Neill)
· P.E.links4u (Central Washington University)
· Physical Education (The Educator's Reference Desk)
· Physical Education Benchmarks (National Association for Sport & Physical Education)
· Sports Daily Lesson Plan (New York Times Learning Network)

Link Lists
· Rodeo
· Google Web Directory: Recreation > Outdoors
· LookSmart: Outdoor Recreation
· Open Directory: Recreation > Outdoors
· Outdoor Resources Online
· Yahoo! Recreation > Outdoors
· Yahoo! Recreation > Sports > Rodeo

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