dominant social values in American life Americans have always loved sports; although the sports early Americans practiced may not still today be what the majority of people enjoy. For example, early Americans hunted, swam, ran, rode horses and played competitive games such as tug of war. They also participated in military skills contests, which have always been seen as an acceptable form of leisure time activity across many cultures. Sports have always been part of the American culture and identity.
Sports have been and continue to be a major part of the United States. According to the Open Access Journal of Sports Medicine, 45 million kids ages 8-15 play an organized sport each year. All sports have advanced throughout the years by technology, difficulty, and gender diversity. From the first Olympic games in 776 BC, to now, 2017, a lot has changed. The social aspect of sports has certainly developed over the years. In the 1800’s a woman could not take part in any male sport; it was simply unacceptable