Making Sportive Kids


Making Sportive Kids

 Giridhar Krishnan

The world in which people reside today is not facing a transition from tradition to technology but rather multiple transitions from technology to better technology. Be it the change from desktop computers to laptops or from PlayStations to Xboxs, a rising concerns is that children are hardly encouraged to play or at some cases don’t find time to fit in.


Although it is argued that the Wii and Xbox controllers stretches the muscles of kids, they cannot really  be considered as a replacement to playing a game of baseball or soccer with your friends, as the human connection is greatly missing. Certainly, multiplayer games allow a team effort in video games, but even then, to experience real emotions as a team is totally different.


UNBC provides a great balance with research labs to work out the mind and the Northern Sports Center with basketball, gym and soccer courts to work out the body. While some have health conscious reasons to visit the Sports Center and others visit out of fear that they may get fat, something to ponder over is to what the future generations at UNBC could be like. Whilst most of us think of greater minds in the upcoming era, the rising fear of the rise of obesity and lack of physical activity too needs to be taken into concern. It is important for the kids who are the potential future candidates at UNBC to stretch their mind and body too.


A lack of real physical activity seems to be greater with each generation, which in turn tells people to focus both on the academic and at the same time not forget the importance of physical fitness for the future generation. Some encouraging signs are parents sending their kids to summer camps, requiring children to stretch their limbs outside, and events like the International Children’s Games in Windsor are a great opportunity for the budding sports person in an Olympic-like competition environment with 450 medals up for grabs and with 1200 athletes from 31 countries. It is a big enough opportunity that should never go missing from the itinerary of the child athletes. Two dozen teens from Waterloo did not miss out, and came in for the event.


Sharing their experience with The Record, the children said they initially were intimidated looking at the size of other athletes, but soon came into the comfort zone realizing all the participants were kids like them. Sport is something which brings in unity and it is of high importance that interested kids are allowed to participate in such events. This will open up a world they were not too sure of bridging people from various countries and culture. Getting to break the biases already built by the culture surrounding them can be broken easily here as kids get to know all of them equal.


As the kids share there may be fellow sportsmen speaking other languages and may look different, but the sport which connects them speaks volumes that cannot be understood by others who did not embrace athletics from a young age. Sport is something which builds character, and shows life in happiness and sadness through victories and defeats. It is important to start exercise routines early to get into shape and build talent and experience for any sport.