Ask any Canadian and usually they will tell you education and healthcare are their top concerns when it comes to funding and politics. Education concerns include literacy, problem-solving, making the grade and post-secondary education. Conversely, healthcare is under the strain of the aging baby boomers and diseases such as Type II diabetes (once only seen in adults) rapidly being seen in kids at an alarming rate. Saying our healthcare is stressed is in an understatement. The number one cause of death in Canada is lifestyle related (i.e. cancer & heart disease)… Not age related! Considered another way, people are expiring well BEFORE they are intended to and it is preventative!
And in the midst of this you have athletes, sports organization and recreation requesting support from the government. Not surprisingly, the average Canadian is not so eager to support sports when we can barely afford the demands of education and healthcare (Canadian’s priority).
However, I argue sports just may be the cornerstone and saving grace to education and healthcare concerns. While many Canadians may be up in arms of supporting athletes and the participation of sports in Canada - activities which PREVENT the dependency on our healthcare system - wouldn’t it make more sense to be up in arms over people who choose to have a sedentary and unhealthy lifestyle crippling our health care system?
Likewise, what if I was to tell you that being involved in sports, taught youth transferable skills to academics and that they were more likely to achieve a higher level of education? Wouldn’t it be a worthwhile endeavor to invest into?
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