When it comes to amateur athletics, especially intercollegiate sports, we often lose sight of the fact the experience these young women and men are receiving is much bigger than their athletic pursuits.
My case in point is the annual hockey game between Canada’s Royal Military College and the U.S. Army service academy. This game is always played on a weekend. Outside of the theatrics of a rivalry game the players have a chance to explore a new culture and environment. More than 100 cadets get to go to classes at the institution as well as experience its military training. Both schools very much look forward to this event.
Amateur sports is big business. Despite this, there is still an undercurrent of personal growth and development that is at the heart of intercollegiate athletics.