Gillespie appreciates the way sports culture has influenced American students. It discourages whining, and rewards self-discipline. It teaches self-control and its own form of justice, which has a more powerful effect than anything taught in the classroom.

Op-Ed Columnist - The Sporting Mind - NYTimes.com via @jpbrunelle

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I’ve learned so many valuable lessons in my athletic career that help me in my career and personal life.  I think everyone can benefit from the rigors of sport.