Sports From Around the World
Students discover common threads and intriguing differences, as they explore the sports that are played all around the world. A look at the history of sports is included, with particular focus on the ancient Greeks and Romans. Students reflect on how culture influences the development of sports and how sports in turn impacts culture. The pros and cons of personal glory, intense competition, and playing for the joy of the game are all debated. Students play the sports and take turns leading them as well during this action-packed seminar.
Faculty: Mark Garcia - Language Arts 6 and Zac Hood - Athletics
November 9, 2018
March 8, 2019
April 12, 2019
Interested in exploring this topic more deeply?
At home: Here in Denver try wiffle ball, cricket, rugby, or tag. If you happen to be in Damariscotta, Maine, try giant pumpkin racing.
Podcast: In this RadioLab episode Christopher McDougall explains his theory that humans were born to run.
Movie night: Invictus is the story of the South African national rugby team as apartheid ends and Nelson Mandela assumes the presidency.
This seminar invites students to uncover cultural reasons for the popularity of sports and to develop an appreciation for sports played outside of the United States. An understanding of sports as a common language is developed. Competencies developed include leadership, collaboration, and global learning.