I wrote this on my Issues in Global Sport midterm and liked it so. Here it is.
Sport gives people—fans and players mostly—a sense of belonging and pride. It can be a light in the shadows of dark and difficult times. Whether it is baseball, soccer, football, or whatever sport, perhaps even a marathon as in Lebanon’s case, sport offers an outlet for hope. Thus it “repairs these losses and [is] a blessing to us” as it allows us to forget about the hardships, put aside our differences, join together, and just play.