It takes a lot more than classroom furniture to educate our children today. Students need well-equipped sports programs, music programs and art programs in their schools and out. For instance, for at-risk kids there might be nothing better than teaching those kids sports.
One such organization that is doing just that is the Progressive Athletics International (PAI). This non-profit organization takes youth who are at-risk and tries to positively influence them by teaching them life skills, leadership, and the crucial nature of education, healthy life-style choices and cultural diversity through sports. PAI operates throughout the world.
The history of athletics in society is a long one, dating back at least 1,000 years. Sports are recognized as a powerful means of bringing diverse cultures together through its common language. No matter what gender, race or ethnic group someone belongs to, athletics has meaning. In recent years sports have been used as a cost-efficient and high-impact method for the furthering of humanitarian, peace-building and economic development aspirations.
In many ways athletics is a mirror image of the society we live in, and can often be just as complicated. Sports is not a magic bullet to solve all development and social problems in a community, but athletics can help to build up individuals and society.