The Importance of Participation in Sports
A sports film is a fictional film genre which makes use of sports as the main theme of the movie. It’s often a drama with a strong sport element, where a sport, particularly a popular sport, is the central character, and that rely on sport for their main story inspiration or resolution. Often the viewer is left wanting more of the movie, which could be done by cutting out some of the fictional sports action for the rest of the narrative. There are many different genres of sports movies available.
This is an example of a fictional sports story, but is perhaps most known for its ‘Lion King’ series. The lion King is the main character, who lives in modern day Africa. He is treated very well, he has a large home, good friends, and other animals including leopards, that he takes care of. One day, while he is relaxing at a beach, he gets a call from someone, who takes him on a fascinating journey around the jungle. Along the way, the people he meets throw him many obstacles and adventures. It’s often considered one of the best animated films ever made, that won eight Academy Awards including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Original Score, and Best Music.
This is a great example of how a typical film can use sports to tell a story, although it’s not really a sports story, so much as a story about how the main characters cope with various kinds of pressure and situations. It’s often considered one of the greatest sports movies ever made, and the sports elements are very real. It tells the story of what the athletes do during the course of a competition, which often involves them participating in a variety of events, all of which are meant to test their mettle. In this sense it’s more of a novel than a sports story, but it’s still a great example of how the importance of participation can be communicated through film.
As far as I’m concerned, the best film about disability and disabled sports is Michael Moore’s Capitalism: A Love Story. Although it’s about capitalism and politics, it’s about a lot more than that. It’s a deeply entertaining documentary style film about how capitalism affects the lives of those who live within it. The main article is about Michael Jordan’s competitive drive, but it also documents his participation in different kinds of sports, and how that changed and continue to affect his life.
When discussing the subject of disability and the importance of participation in sport, I could compare the situation to that of another legendary athlete, Arnold Palmer. While most people consider the former Formula One driver to be an outcast, it was Palmer who made the wheelchair accessible Formula One car in the late sixties. He won six grand pries in that time, and it’s those accomplishments that have created the legend. Still, it was his participation in the paralyzing US Olympic Park relay that really created a media sensation. Although he never qualified for the Olympic Games himself, he still managed to become the face of that sport and become a star. The article in this link goes into detail about this, and the link leads to an article that compares the incredible publicity that Palmer received after making this change.
There are many examples of former athletes making huge impressions on the public by participating in physical activity. Whether you’re talking about Michael Jordan, Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Lanny Poffa, Charles Smith, Diana Thomas or any other athlete, their participation in sports has given them a whole new level of respect for the game and increased their popularity. Whether they played sports at a high school, college, or in the Olympics, their participation in a sport makes that sport more accessible to people who would not normally be able to view it. By putting their talents to good use, these athletes have truly made the world a better place.