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The statement sports are an important context for the development of character is true on the basis of character as being your own person and having your own personal opinions Organized sports such as school sponsored teams help children build their characters Whether these children achieve good characters or what is considered by society as good character is soley up to the individuals teaching the sport What types of characteristics that sports promote will be discussed in this paper This paper will also talk about what kinds of moral developments are promoted in pre-high school high school and college level sports After that this paper will look at a significant rejection or criticism of sports as a development of character This criticism is that if competition itself is inherently immoral competitive sports may express that inherent immorality as well Competition by its very nature cannot satisfy legitimate ethical requirements Character is built whether a person plays a sport or not Yet playing sports develops a certain type of character The characteristics that get noticed more often are selfishness overly competitive and aggressive The more helpful characteristics such as cooperative disciplined and self-driven go unnoticed more often Other virtues that sports promote are team working skills leadership abilities fast-clear thinking and being able to make decisions under pressure Bad sports experiences may lead to the opposite of the fore-mentioned virtues Say for instance that a child is pressured into participating in a sport that they do not want to This will change the childs attitude toward that particular sport or even all sports in general It will lead them to develop a negative view of sports It is all right for a person to think that facing athletic challenges develops good habits of character To take that seriously we have to assume that character is not fully developed much earlier than the age of sports participation An example of not having good character development would
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