I returned a week ago from a trip to Bermuda with my wife, celebrating 25 very good years of marriage. I figured anyone who could put up with me for that long deserved a nice trip and more. I am very fortunate.
Equally as fortunate are the Bermudian residents. Despite a country that is only 26 miles long and with half the population of Berkeley County, they have made way for sports fields and game venues. As my wife and I drove around on our tourist scooters, it was heartening to see places for outdoor pursuits. Basketball and tennis courts, soccer and cricket fields, and golf courses were available in a place with some of the most expensive real estate in the world. The importance of sport, despite the opportunity cost, was understood.
Our advancements in society make it so much easier to work, communicate, share information, bank, shop and entertain from home. There are less reasons to venture out. But the importance of sports, with its character building, physical challenges and hard earned successes, still are part of the fabric of most societies. We should dwell on these attributes as we watch our sons and daughters compete in local sports and understand that the sporting ilfe, a way of life, is so much more important than the number of points scored by your child or who wins the game. Most societies and communities recognized the value of sports and we should be careful to remind ourselves of this everyday.