United States Greatest Women in Sports

The US is known for its powerful female athletes one that instantly comes to mind is Michele Roberts both feared and respected for her negotiation skills. Roberts is also known as of the top lawyers in America. Athletics is something dominated by male athletes for decades before female athletes entered the field and have since made remarkable progress.

When it comes to exceptional women in sports, Lesa Kennedy is tops when it comes to racing executives as she is the vice chairwomen of NASCAR and the CEO of ISC. Kennedy plays a major role in managing the multibillion-dollar racing business and managers thirteen of the biggest tracks in America.
NASCAR was found by Bill France’s granddaughter in 1948, managed from 1972 up to 2000, Kennedy was recently involved with the renovation of the Daytona International Speedway and oversaw the project worth $400 million.

Highest Paid US Female Athlete

The highest paid athlete, not only in the USA but in the world is Serena Williams who have a record-breaking number of Grand Slam singles totalling 23. One included in this total is the Australian Open won during her pregnancy. Williams won eighty-six percent of all her career matches and in prize money have won over $84 million which is way more than any other female tennis player, by estimation, she is over $50 million ahead of any other female player in the world.

Williams also has several endorsements, and these include top brands such as Wilson, Chase, Nike, JP Morgan, Berlei, Gatorade, Tempur-Pedic, and Beats By Dre. In 2016 she joined SurveyMonkey and was one of the celebrity investors to invest in a UDC stake.

 Billie Jean King

Billie Jean King is one of the most respected sportswomen in the world and won 39 Grand slams, the former World number one American won 39 Grand Slam’s, of which 16 were won in doubles, 12 in singles and in mixed doubles 11.

King is also remembered for several brilliant quotes of which the most popular is that tennis is the most unique blend of violent action taking place in total tranquillity.

Female Soccer Superstar, Mia Hamm

Soccer is one of the least sports expected to be played by females, yet the US National Team have what many seen as one of the female sports superstars and Mia Hamm has thousands of fans. She played from 1987 and continued to impress until she stopped in 2004.

As her soccer career started she also makes history as the youngest in her squad, she was only 15 years old at the time, and by 19 she guided the team to win in the Women’s World Cup in 1991 held in China. She also played a big part in the wins of the USA in 1996 as well as the 2004 Olympics not to forget the World Cup in 1999.

What True Sports Means to Americans

The USADA commission did a survey to better understand what US citizens believe about the significance and the role of sport in a modern society. The survey also offered access to the views of the public on sports aspirations, role models, values and ethics.

During the survey over three-fifths, equal to one hundred and sixty-two million, of adult Americans claimed to be part of sport-related activities or some relationship with sport. When describing their dreams and hopes for their children in sports, parents cite social and personal values that were almost overwhelming. Coaches ranked as the number one positive influence in youth sports, and two-thirds of adult Americans agreed that the importance of winning is overemphasized in sports.

Use of Performance Enhancing Drugs Ranked as The Most Serious Problem in Sports

What was ranked by almost all Americans part of the survey as the most serious problem in sports was the use of performance-enhancing drugs by athletes, which were closely followed by criminal behaviour by top athletes and the focus on money.

The significance of Sports in Society

For Americans, sports play a major part in everyday living, and over two-thirds of adults in the US claimed to be actively involved with sports in some way, while around 25% actively participates as volunteers, parents of children or participate in sport themselves.
Most of all adults agree that sports offer society an array of positive benefits, more than 88% voted sports as a source of enjoyment and fun, 84% voted that sports reduce youth delinquency and crime, while 80% voted it strengthens the community and brings individuals together and when asked if sports promotes positive values, 76% voted yes.

Top Sports Icons & Their Importance in Sports Future

About half of the adults in the US agree that professional athletes influence the youth in a positive way and 90% agree that all professional sportsman and women have a responsibility as role models. Younger athletes get most of their high-performance expectations from top athletes. It is very negative when role models break the rules as children might think of it as acceptable once their icons are taking enhancements to accomplish phenomenal sports achievements. Once younger athletes advance into their youth their role models change from being parents, teammates or coaches to university students, college athletes or professional sportsmen and women, while it is also the age at which teens are more willing to experiment.

The Value & Importance of Sport

Based on the above-mentioned finding as well as other questions part of the survey, the importance of sport in the American society is reinforced and cherished. US citizens recognise the potential of sport in promoting virtues and building character. As a society the value sports add to everyday life is recognised and in general, a sophisticated understanding is shown for the effect bending or breaking the rules means while performance-enhancing drugs are seen as a major violation by an overwhelming percentage of the community.

Can Sports be Used as a Political Statement

In 2018, more and more sports players are actively vocalising their view relating to the current American political standing – especially within the NFL, which has not gone unnoticed by the press or the president who was subtweeting the players who were planning on taking a knee during the season and the highly anticipated Super Bowl.

For decades, the NFL was known for the big guys who loved football – but now it adds in social awareness, political stances, and even such as famous patriotism. Due to many players personal dislike of the current president, his policies, or the rising number violence towards people of colour, more players are taking a stance in one of the most notable ways – by taking a knee or not being on the field during the national anthem. One player, Telvin Smith, linebacker of the Jacksonville Jaguars, stated that as a man he must stand for something – that something being the injustices he believes is going on in the country. Though Smith and two of his other players took it a step further by staying in the locker room during the Star-Spangled Banner.

This movement is nothing new and was not started by the current president, Donald Trump. Instead, two years ago, the iconic 49ers player, Colin Kaepernick took a knee during the anthem to protest against the injustices of people of colour and police brutality. Since then, however, many other players have taken the torch and led the movement to use it as a way to peacefully protest the issues they see going on in the country, which can be easily seen with teams, such as the Jaguars, who are refusing to let the movement die.

Not everyone is on board with the protests. One of the major people the current president, Trump. In a series of tweets, he has displayed his disdain towards the movement and his desire for players who are protesting to be suspended from playing (most likely in the Super Bowl). Although before then, the president’s tweets were a bit more on the outspoken side, which is nothing out of the ordinary.

How Are Player’s Protesting?

There are two ways that players are protesting, one way – which was started by Kaepernick, was simply by taking a knee during the anthem. Although, since then, the NFL had adopted a policy in May which allowed players to stand in the locker room while the anthem was going on without issue. While both options are simple, quiet, and statement creating. Many people are divided on how they feel towards the methods. One of the main arguments is how the teams will look – just imagine having one team standing for the anthem while half of the other is in the locker room waiting it out.

Nevertheless, the right to protest is one that Americans value. The question is, should it be allowed on the playing field.

How to Put the Joy Back into Sports, Adults Took Out of It

While youngsters should focus on the game, they have parents shouting the sideline what their next move should be. Instead of enjoying team sports they faced with the decision to ignore the parent or the couch, the one leads to the possibility of losing a place in the team, the other a telling off all the way home.

Is really any wonder kids play tentatively, are confused, or even too afraid to make mistakes, or battle to learn anything? Most of all are parents the reason they stop enjoying the fun and excitement of sports? Understandably we love our children, we want them to do well in everything they do as well as enjoying victory and be successful. But its sometimes this race to nowhere, this pushing in youth sports, our actions, our words that are not helpful, even when its parents’ best intentions, their words hurt more than it motivates, and sports become an even of disappointment and not enjoyment.

Is it a wonder that once adults removed the enjoyment, that so many kids quit sports? The three key components of sports are enjoyment, long-term participation and achievement. Adults for some reason more believe that sports can be either fun or competitive, but not a mix of both and in this, they simply could not be more wrong. It happens due to the fact that people don’t understand the happiness of pursuing your passion and potential.

Sports is always about striving to improve, it is about doing what you love most and most of all pleasure is short lived and not the same as enjoyment. It’s the same with running a marathon, the distance is not pleasurable, yet completing it brings a feeling of achievement and great joy. The Golden State Warriors of 2016 is known as one of the greatest basketball teams of all times, one of their four core values is joy. Once coaches and parents start pouching too much, youngsters question the sports experience and once it feels like the positives are outweighed by the negatives they quit.

Basically, there are six different way in which adults manage to take enjoyment out of sports:

1. Side-line coaching by parents
2. Yelling out instructions to a player trying to make decisions under pressure
3. Parents shouting from side-line disrespect the officials, while children are thought to respect authority figures
4. Coaches being questioned by parents in their decisions regarding tactics and player positions
5. Sports are team events, your teammates your friends and parents commenting on their play is uncomfortable
6. For most youngsters, the least memorable moment is the ride home made into a teachable moment by parents

The fix to all this, ask children what they want, allow them to take ownership of their sporting experience and then respect their decision and that of the coaches. Pretty soon the team will consist of fearless, motivated, hardworking athletes who enjoy sports the way it’s meant to be.