Sam Grossmann - Grade 8, Miami Valley School
The Importance of Competition
I play basketball. Basketball is helping me in lots of ways, including laying a foundation for my future. I enjoy basketball because I like the competition. Competition drives you to do better on and off the court. Competition on the basketball court makes you play better. It’s that voice in your head saying “Try harder. Do better.” If I see someone working harder or playing better than me, that makes me work harder and play better. Competition isn't only good on the court. Competition can help you in the future and in all aspects of life.
Say you’re working on a project for school and there's something you have to build. You make it and it looks good, but then you see another team’s project that looks twice as good. It’s more colorful and has a better all-around look. Who’s going to get a better grade? So you go back and make yours more colorful and better looking and it looks better than theirs. Now who’s going to get a better grade? That drive to excel is competition, even if you don't realize it. It helps you, just like it helps me in basketball. When I step out onto the court, I look around and I find out what am I going to do to play better and to win this game.
You can also learn a lot from competition. In a game of basketball, one team wins and one team loses. If you win, you feel great. You probably played better than you might have if you would’ve lost. How about when you lose? It stinks, and you might feel terrible, but then you go back and look at your mistakes. You learn and you correct things for the next game. That will help you in the future. For example, let’s say you get a job making toys and there's a rival company doing the same. At the end of the year, you find out your rival sold more toys. What are you going to do? You go back and figure out what your going to do the next year to sell more.
Competition drives you to do better on and off the court. This is how basketball is helping me lay a foundation for my future.