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Letter: Redefining sports

Published: Sunday, May 25 2014 12:00 a.m. MDT

As a senior at Bingham High School, extracurricular activities are a big part of my high school life. Plays, dances and sporting events are just some of the activities that take place. But mainly advertised in high school are the sporting events. Bingham High has baseball, basketball, cheerleading, drill team, football, soccer, softball, swimming, track and field and wrestling. But where do hockey and boys and girls lacrosse fit in? They are classified as clubs, when in fact they aren’t.

At one school in particular, Corner Canyon, lacrosse is a sport. Why isn't it that way with other schools? With this classification as a club, they don't get the recognition they deserve. The games aren't advertised, they don't get to take part in the awards assembly or get sponsorships to help pay for their games. In fact, to play at Bingham, it costs the team $700 to rent out the field.

With that being said, what actually classifies a sport as a sport? The definition is "an athletic activity requiring skill or physical prowess and often of a competitive nature." Go watch a lacrosse or hockey game and come and tell me that lacrosse and hockey aren't sports. They deserve the same recognition and privileges as any other high school sport.

Jessica Vanderkooi

South Jordan

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