100 Ways Sport and Recreation Develops Communities

This is a list of one hundred ways Sport and Recreation have contributed to (and can contribute to) Community Development, Youth Development, Economic Development, and Athletic Development. The rationale behind growing this list up to 100 is so that at least 60% of what is on this list is applicable to diverse communities.

100 Ways Sport and Recreation Develops Communities

The list is divided into five categories with 20 items under each category 

Similar Articles


  1. Provides a vehicle for inclusion, drawing together people of different races, religions, and cultures [1];
  2. Sport can cause positive shifts in gender norms that afford girls and women greater safety and control over their lives [2];
  3. Women, girls, and people with disabilities are empowered by sport-based opportunities to acquire health information, skills, social networks, and leadership experience [2];
  4. Participation in a sport by people with disability may help them improve self-esteem and social integration;
  5. Sport and physical recreation by women from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds enhance social inclusion as well as health and wellbeing [3];
  6. Sports participation is also seen as a means of exposing adolescents to a pro-social environment that fosters basic values; such as fair play, sportsmanship, competitiveness, and achievement;
  7. Sport can be used as an engagement mechanism to build relationships with hard to reach individuals or groups [4];
  8. Sport is used as a catalyst to encourage project participation and build relationships between responsible adults and young people [4];
  9. Sport for Development programs rehabilitation activities for those previously involved in delinquent behavior [5];
  10. Sport can be used as an engagement mechanism, to build relationships with hard to reach individuals or groups;
  11. Sport and recreation is a key medium for creating new relationships among disparate social groups [3];
  12. Sport can be used to address social inequities to disadvantaged people [3];
  13. Brings people together, providing opportunities for social interaction.[1]
  14. Binds families and communities through shared experiences [1];
  15. Provides a sense of belonging [1];
  16. Fosters community pride [1];
  17. Empathy and tolerance for diverse social groups besides one’s own;
  18. A sense of well-being Cooperation for community members;
  19. Providing an inclusive community;
  20. Exposure to different peer groups and values;
Print Friendly, PDF & Email

Thando W. Dlamini, BA

Sport Development and Exercise Science Practitioner

You may also like...

2 Responses

  1. October 6, 2018

    […] You might also like 100 Ways Sport and Recreation Develops Communities […]

  2. October 26, 2018

    […] Now read 100 Ways Sport and Recreation Develops Communities […]

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Translate Site »