How Sports Can Help Bring Together Diverse Groups Of People

1158 WordsDec 19, 20165 Pages
As a theater artist, I’ve never had time for sports. I looked at the world and it’s people through the eyes of a Shakespeare geek, and thought throwing around a ball and cheering for people wearing certain colors was a waste of time. Never in my wildest dreams would I think of giving football the time of day, but that was before I became a mascot. By some kind of luck and desperation for a job I have ended up as the Piper: the red and grey sports mascot of Hamline. Through this job I have come to see how sports can help bring together diverse groups of people, and inspire the spectators to be their best selves. When I went to bed the night before my very first football game, I was nervous and excited. I was about to become a part of something which I had no knowledge of. When I originally applied to be the piper had no idea what the job would detail, I just needed the money. I was homeschooled for all of middle school and high school and had never seen a football game before in my life, even on TV. I was surprised, but very pleased, that I even got the job. As I fell asleep, I was anxiously anticipating becoming a part of something new. I should have expected that something would go wrong. I woke up at 12:30pm on the day of the game. I was supposed to be present and ready to don my costume a half an hour prior, according to the vast amount of messages that cluttered my phone’s lockscreen. I spent the next 20 minutes in traffic convincing myself that I would be fired,
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