Actually it sometimes seems America in general just has an inexplicable sports obsession to the point where if a student doesn't enjoy sports, people will think that something is wrong with them or that they are unhealthy. A quick look at some of the top educational systems around the world generally show an absence of the sports fanaticism that we have here in the US. I mean isn't it ridiculous that the highest paying positions at academic institutions are college sports coaches who make 7 and 8 figure salaries while professors make much less? Most high schools spend a ton more money on sports than they do on academic subjects, and this article recounts how complete removal of sports increased performance and school atmosphere greatly: http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2013/10/the-case-against-high-school-sports/309447/ I personally cannot empathize with the sports fanaticism shared by my students, parents, and colleagues who feel that sports improves the lives of students in a way that they cannot achieve through regular academics, especially when there is very little evidence to show that it does. What is your opinion on this topic?