Most of us start out playing a sport as a means of fun and recreation.

But somewhere along the way, in the midst of all the fun, we realize that sports can often be a metaphor for achieving success in life, because of the lessons it teaches us about life. It teaches us about being a part of a team, the importance of working together to accomplish a common goal. We learn to shoulder personal responsibility, and how to cope with defeat and failure. It teaches how to remain focused on a task for the period of time required to achieve it. We learn about consistency and concentration, how to overcome weaknesses, and go beyond our limits. Today, the sports industry is worth multi million dollars. Sports men and women have to perform under tremendous pressure, sacrifice the other important areas of their lives, and even play with injuries. In such circumstances, it can be very comforting to read the sports motivational quotes from some of the greatest sportspeople, who have experienced it all the sweat, the toil, the despair, the triumph, the joy! So, here are some of the best sports motivational quotes for you to read and take inspiration from, not only in sports but also in life itself: "Just go out there and do what you've got to do." - Martina Navratilova "The pain of discipline is far less than the pain of regret" - Sarah Bombell "In order to excel, you must be completely dedicated to your chosen sport. You must also be prepared to work hard and be willing to accept constructive criticism. Without a total 100 percent dedication, you won't be able to do this." - Willie Mays "The real glory is being knocked to your knees and then coming back. That's real glory." - Vince Lombardi "Luck? Sure. But only after long practice and only with the ability to think under pressure." - Babe Didrikson Zaharias "The most important key to achieving great success is to decide upon your goal and launch, get started, take action, move." - John Wooden "Don't give up at half-time. Concentrate on winning the second half." - Paul Bryant "The Truth is that Running Hurts. No one gets faster without meeting their personal pain barrier straight on. No amount of junk miles, fun runs or affirmations are going to get you over the hill at the five mile mark in a 10k. However, what will pull you through is solid prep with hard hill runs and interval work." Manciata "Some people say I have attitude - maybe I do...but I think you have to. You have to believe in yourself when no one else does - that makes you a winner right there." - Venus Williams "Don't let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do." - John Wooden "My mother taught me very early to believe I could achieve any accomplishment I wanted to. The first was to walk without braces." - Wilma Rudolph

you'll win--if you don't. And don't pray when it rains if you don't pray when the sun shines. but so are the rewards. 1 . an athlete or a businessman. it's whether you get back up. a writer. get more sleep." . Decathlon "You find that you have peace of mind and can enjoy yourself.Lou Holtz "Never let your head hang down. Never give up and sit down and grieve. no matter how bad it is.Arthur Ashe "You can't get much done in life if you only work on the days when you feel good. it is acting like the effort was an honour and the trophy is just a decoration.Mike Singletary "It's great to win.Bruce Jenner." .Jerry West "The answer to three questions will determine your success or failure. whatever the outcome. These qualities are so much more important than the events that occur." . you'll be a winner. you won't." ." . but rather in a lack of will. there is no way you can fail.Tommy Lasorda "If you believe in yourself." .Gale Sawers "The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength. not a lack of knowledge." . and the will to excel are the things that endure. have dedication and pride and never quit." . The price of victory is high. you can make it.Vince Lombardi "Never let the fear of striking out get in your way.Paul Bryant "The ideal attitude is to be physically loose and mentally tight." .Can people trust me to do my best? 2 ." . Lombardi "Do you know what my favorite part of the game is? The opportunity to play. Whether you're a musician. Olympic Gold Medalist."The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a man's determination.Leroy Paige "Being a winner is more than getting a first place trophy.Vince Lombardi "It's not whether you get knocked down.Vincent T." . Find another way.Gordie Howe "I learned that if you want to make it bad enough.Bryan Moseley "I learned that the only way you are going to get anywhere in life is to work hard at it." .Do I care about other people and show it? If the answers to all three questions are yes." .Jack Nicklaus "The spirit." . but it's also great fun just to be in the thick of any truly well and hard fought contest against opponents you respect." ." . the will to win. If you do.Am I committed to the task in hand? 3 .George Herman "Babe" Ruth . there is no getting around it. rest when you know that it was a one hundred percent effort that you gave .win or lose.

then defeat doesn't hurt very much and winning is not very exciting. anything that you can mention. which may be the most influential tool in the lives of young adults. I firmly believe that any man's finest hour . sacrifice. about being better than you were the day before. responsibility.this greatest fulfillment to all he holds dear is that moment when he has worked his heart out in a good cause and lies exhausted on the field of battle.Winston Churchill "Experience tells you what to do.Ron Jaworski "Just do what you do best. didn't appreciate the grind." ." . deep down in his heart.Steve Young "If you don't invest very much." . Sports play a pivotal role in the makeup of a young athlete. but this time I didn't let the lows get to me. victorious. There were a lot of ups and downs." Dick Vermeil "The man who has no imagination has no wings.Lance Armstrong "Golf is a game whose aim is to hit a very small ball into an even smaller hole." It does in fact keep kids off the streets. the discipline. I go out there thinking that I'm going to complete every pass. Where else can a young. . confidence allows you to do it. impressionable youth learn values like discipline. It's about self improvement. especially in the middle school to high school years where student athletes are much more mature and mentally developed.Stan Smith "The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a man's determination. good results and bad results. I just think about my skating." . I forget it is a competition." . education. but it also instills lessons that are essential in the life of a student athlete.Muhammad Ali "I've never known a man worth his salt who in the long run." .Tommy Lasorda The Importance of Sports in the Life of a Student Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point Wrestling Coach Assistant Wrestling Coach West Carteret High School The importance of sports in the life of a young student is invaluable and goes much further than the basic answer that "it keeps kids off the streets." ." .Katarina Witt "Positive thinking is the key to success in business. with weapons singularly ill-designed for the purpose.. pro football.. self confidence.Vince Lombardi "When I go our on the ice. and accountability? Television." ." ."The principle is competing against yourself.Red Auerbach "I didn't just jump back on the bike and win.

I believe in order for this to happen. and administration. The first thing they need is a good core of coaches that understand the great responsibility that is placed upon their shoulders to help shape and prepare these student athletes not only in sports. If you can get the athletes to believe in you and your philosophies you can begin to see significant changes in grades and behavior. Rather it is up to the parents. and after school programs to help mold. jump. The third and I believe the most crucial of all is the support that comes from the community. teachers. and instill these qualities into the lives of student athletes. As I said earlier. the better the results. When these things are in place.does not show enough of these qualities. Let a child explore. encourage him to play. but long after they step off of it. clubs. there is a great responsibility on the coaches to help young student athletes make a smooth transition into society. The more invested. and commissioners/treasurers to show that appreciation than to get involved in youth athletics. run around. This is very important because student athletes need to know they are appreciated and there is no greater way than for the community. I can attest that there is no greater investment than the future of our young student athletes. I believe student athletes will benefit and the results will be evident not only on the field. or radio. Yes. but also in their own lives. develop. It all starts with coaches that have a plan and methodology behind the principles they are teaching. booster club. Outdoors Unstructure Activities and games are essential for every child. because it is a responsibility that lies on the shoulders of more than one person and it is going to take more than one person to help lead these student athletes to success. nor is it on the Internet. etc. I did say coaches. sports teams. These activities are an essential way of venting out physical energy. but in their everyday lives. In order to accomplish this it's going to take investment and the most valuable investments are money and time. . SPORTS AND ITS IMPORTANCE Sports can be a positive experience for your child's body and mind. The second component also involves the coaches: It is the ability to capture the admiration and the trust of the athletes. This is crucial because if you can capture a person's admiration and trust you can motivate them to perform at a higher level not only in sports. school sports programs must have a few components in place. go trekking with his friends.

The advantages of sports : a. cycling. Generates healthy spirit of competition : Positive competition is a healthy competition. Teaches to accept defeat gracefully : It assists a child in developing the skill for handling disappointments. football. . Structured physical activities Structured physical activities instil disipline. Outdoor unstructured activities b.g. Encourage your child to play games and help him specialise in any type of sport if he excels or has a liking interest in it. Keeps our body in excellent shape. It inspires and energizes youngsters. f. e. d. Make a child more disciplined. He can work more towards that skill it makes him feel more confident. It boosts a child's morale when he excels on a specific skills he has e. Playing for team and not for personal accomplishment. swimming. etc. h. thus enhancing self esteem. Tones up muscles and strengthen bones : Physical fitness. Structured activities are games like cricket. c. b. Channelize energies constructively : Sports channelizes the mental and physical energy in a more positive manner thus preventing your child from going into wrong company. etc. g. It builds good appetite. camaraderie's values like sporting spirit and trust. If he is very good in fielding and bowling in the sport of cricket. It also helps a child to take his own decision and sharpens his thinking process.Physical activities can be divided into two : a. Generates sprit of camaraderie : It teaches a child about teamwork and unselfish play. Builds good immune system : It improves body immune system thus promoting good health. Builds self esteem and confidence : Sports improves body postures and lends a grace to the body. It makes the body supple.

Friends if you think that if Newton had just studied days and nights to bring to the world his greatest achievement. but for how long? May be till the last bell of exams but if it gets a bit of interactive touch. Rightly said so. A child may mug up the history textbook. that education without activities is always incomplete. The clear cut inference is this that if the education is the car then sports and activities are the keys to drive on towards the success! Yesterday I read a newspaper report which showed the tendency oildren to remain away from all sorts of physical activities. then the same student may have such a memorization and understanding that he will not only just forget it ever in his life but also implement it in his life with an equal degree of effectiveness. 'The .Importance of Sports and Games 'All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy'. I felt really sorry to hear this.

Do not tarry. he got it from the falling applewhen he was observing nature's beauty and strategies! So friends. Einstein. or the sharp stones on life's path. And once you are an expert. The real excitement is playing the game. a single day's work an achievement for eternity. a world beyond the pages of your books. See beyond your farthest point of visuality and know how beautiful the nature is! Enter the world of sports and games. and fear not the thorns. was a studious guy but he was also a thinker. Brian Tracy Most people achieved their greatest success one step beyond what looked like their greatest failure. To go forward is to move toward perfection. then you should also know where from he had got the idea.. You can't like it until you obtain expertise in that work. So don't ever think to become an Einstein or a Newton. Walter Dill Scott Mental attitude is more important than mental capacity. out of the tens of them which you devote in studying!!Look the world with different angles and you will realize that still there are infinetly many corners unexplored. Milton Garland My advice is to go into something and stay with it until you like it. not won. Donald Trump Money was never a big motivation for me. Casey Stengel Most games are lost. a violinist and much more.. March on. . reserve your playing time atleast for an hour a day. Gabriel Heatter Mere longevity is a good thing for those who watch Life from the side lines. entertainment that will ever remain incomplete!! Quotations on Importance of Sports Kahlil Gibran March on. it's a pleasure. activities. an hour may be a year. except as a way to keep score..Principia'. the greatest genious. just going through bundles of paper is sufficient. For those who play the need to live in the world for that and without sports.! The excellence is achieved only by allround development. games.

Whether I was in a slump or feeling badly or having trouble off the field. the only thing to do was keep swinging. Wilma Rudolph My mother taught me very early to believe I could achieve any accomplishment I wanted to. The first was to walk without braces. Hank Aaron My motto was always to keep swinging.Abraham Lincoln My great concern is not whether you have failed. . but whether you are content with your failure.

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