« Teens (Unofficially) Break Guinness World Record With 60-Hour Tennis Match | Main | What Can Sports Teach Us About Developing Young Talent? »

Disaster-Stricken Japan Rallies Around High School Baseball

You may have noticed that this blog takes a particular liking to "using sports for good"—the idea that sports can transcend athletic competition and have a lasting impact on a large body of people.

For instance, after World War II, Japan rallied around professional baseball, as it "provided welcome distraction while serving as a symbol of the cooperation, hard work, and self-sacrifice needed to rebuild the devastated land," according to the Associated Press.

Now, as the AP reports, Japan has gone back to baseball as a source of national pride after the devastating earthquake and tsunami from earlier this month.

Now the nation is turning elsewhere for a glimmer of hope: fresh-faced adolescents who play their hearts out on the baseball field with a seriousness and integrity sometimes missing from their pro heroes.

Be sure to click through and read the whole story. It's a refreshing reminder of the healing power of sports.

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Login | Register
Ground Rules for Posting
We encourage lively debate, but please be respectful of others. Profanity and personal attacks are prohibited. By commenting, you are agreeing to abide by our user agreement.
All comments are public.

Follow This Blog


Most Viewed on Education Week



Recent Comments