The Power of School Spirit

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What do student athletes and coaches desire more of? What do teachers and administrators demand more of? School spirt answers both questions. Many schools across the nation do not grasp the importance of school spirit. School spirit has the power to perform miracles in the athletic and educational world, and schools have taken notice. Student athletes and coaches crave more school spirit because enthusiasm from a crowd provides a team with energy unattainable in any other circumstance. Teachers and administrators yearn for more school spirit because they wish for students to have a positive attitude when attending their school. What school district would not covet positive attitudes from their students? All schools need to…show more content…
“A loud and spirited crowd has the potential to alter the result of a game” (Benavidez). Almost every sport’s fan in the world would agree. A large crowd is one thing, but a large crowd who is passionately cheering on their team plays a crucial role in sporting events. When asked the question on how school spirit affects his team’s performance, Seth Mcgowen responded, “It increases the morale of the player. When we see there’s a big crowd there cheering us on, we feel like we have to do better so that we don’t let them down. If they’re shouting my name and cheering for me personally, it makes me step up my performance and do something great.” Key words in Mcgowen’s response are “cheering us on” (Benavidez). Mcgowen said an enormous crowd is not what encourages the team, but an enormous crowd that cheers does. Former Tupelo High School basketball coach Jerry Lee Clayton preached the importance of having school spirit and used to tell his players, “A school without spirit is nothing, but a school with spirit has the power to do miraculous things.” Athletes want school spirit from their town and school because they have the chance to feel an emotional connection with the fans. What team wants to compete for a school that does not support them, but all teams want to compete for a school that gives them full support. School spirit has the power to affect a team’s performance, and that is a benefit almost everyone can
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