The term community has many definitions and meanings, this one elaborates on what I believe to true – a social, religious, occupational, or other group sharing common characteristics or interests and perceived or perceiving itself as distinct in some respect from the larger society within which it exists.
Sports and athletics offer this sense of community amongst its leagues, divisions, players, agents, coaches, and most of all, fans. Within this world lies stories, meaning, experiences, and history that may not be heard or told. These are the things that make being a fan of sports such a wonderful and beautiful experience.
No matter your team affiliation, or like me, your city affiliation; we can all agree that sports are extremely fun and bring people together. Whether it is a cold December day in the northeast, a warm September Saturday in the midwest, a balmy Sunday in August on the west coast, or a cool Spring morning in the south – people are going to gather and become one. They will discuss the event that is happening and most likely find some common element that will bring them closer together.
Before, during, and after any sporting event there will be many new and old lessons that are learned by the athletes, commentators, and fans. These along with the affiliations, stories, facts, and history are what make these communities worth being a member.