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9/11 - How sports helped America get through

Posted by Upper Hand | Sep 10, 2012 11:37:40 PM

11 years ago, almost to the hour… If you are like me, you know exactly where you were and exactly what you were doing on the morning of September 11
th, 2001. Unfortunately the events of that morning will be forever etched in the history of The United States of America. Nearly 3,000 lives were taken and thousands of widows and orphans were unfairly the result of the events of that morning. The lives of family, friends and acquaintances were forever impacted by the loss of a loved one(s) and America was changed forever. Americans of all ages will never forget that morning and the feelings the events of that day exudes. But one memory will never leave me from the days, months and years that have followed 9/11; and that is the role that sports played in our grieving and recovering process. Sports are so powerful on so many levels. Sports afford people the ability to stay active and healthy. Sports provide an avenue for America’s youth to interact and be involved in something positive. Sports teach people of all age’s critical life lessons such as teamwork, determination, hard work, etc. Sports help build character. Sports provide role models, coaches and friends that can positively impact one’s entire life. And in the case of 9/11, sports provided all Americans a sense of
resilience and
togetherness that we so desperately needed. It was the ‘moment of silence’ at a local high school football game that provided comfort and togetherness for an entire community.
Sports helped America get through. It was the pregame ceremonies at NFL Football games across the country honoring our fallen countrymen and women.
Sports helped America get through.
                It was the Major League Baseball playoff games where fans stood together honoring the victims of the attacks, the FDNY and NYPD, wildly chanting “U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A!”
Sports helped America get through.
              Is it a coincidence that the 2001 World Series, which occurred mere weeks after the attacks, featured the
New York Yankees?
Sports helped America get through.
              What about when President George W. Bush, with the world watching, walked to the center of Yankee Stadium, with no security, and threw out the 1
st pitch in the world series? Chill bumps and tears will follow viewing
this clip.
Sports helped America get through. America will never forget the events of September 11, 2001. And evidence that
sports will never stop helping America get through occurred on May 1
st, 2011. Late that night, news slowly broke that we had found and killed Osama Bin Laden. There were still thousands of fans at the New York Mets vs. Philadelphia Phillies baseball game and news of our victory began to spread through social media outlets. Soon enough thousands of fans who all received the triumphant news began to celebrate together, and this is the scene that ensued ->
watch this. Despite what critics say, both internal and external, America is the greatest country in the world. I am proud to be an American and proud that things like sports can bring our country together and help us get through even the darkest hours. Regarding 9/11, America will never forget. But we should also never forget that America responded and we will always respond.
Always Honored. Never Forgotten – J.J.L
Written By:  Eric Blumenthal

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