Letters 2023

26 April 2023

Subject: Sports are a waste

I am a high school sophomore attending a Catholic all-girls school. And yet, I notice that so much of my school's budget and funding go to the sports teams. We have pep rallies in which time is taken out of the educational day to cheer on athletes, and over 1,000 girls between the ages of 14 and 18 are packed like sardines into gym bleachers. The majority of these girls are shrieking praises the entire time. In my opinion as an autistic person, not only is this alienating, but the fact that going to these "rallies" is mandatory strikes me as a bit ableist. Besides this matter, I also notice how pervasive sports are in every class. Time is taken from my geometry classes to celebrate achievements in sports with cart rides down the school's main hallway. I currently attend a public speaking class, and no matter what the topic assigned to speak on is, nearly half of the girls manage to make their speeches about sports that they play. There are teams at my school for every sport from volleyball to competitive cheer to diving, and many school spirit clubs, but next to no academic clubs, and the academic clubs that do exist are barely funded. It exhausts and disgusts me. So much in my daily life is overtaken by sports being shoved down my throat.

All my best,
A sports hater

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