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Contributions of Sports to Society
“The real glory is being knocked to your knees and then coming back. That’s real glory. That’s the essence of it.” -Vince Lombardi
From 1870 to 1940, sports became one of the most prominent popular culture activities in America. The evolution of American sports transpired in response to the changing needs of society. Each transformation was established and popularized through the positive contribution sports, using them to rationalize the use of resources, required for participation or attendance. During the spread of urbanization and industrialization, the Victorian ideal stressed physical fitness and self-improvement to combat the harsh effects of daily life. During the thirties sports became a way to transmit the All- American characteristics of hard work, team work, honesty, fair play, and overcoming obstacles. Many powerful and respected Americans have viewed sports as a way to build character. Teddy Roosevelt, for example, who in 1912 founded the National Collegiate Athletic Association was a fervent advocate for sports, as can be seen i…