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30 examples of sports bringing the world together

Stacker Logo By Paul Feinstein of Stacker | Slide 1 of 31: There’s nothing quite like sports when it comes to bringing people together. Whether it’s a fierce rivalry, the Olympic games, or simply a small showing of sportsmanship, sports can solve conflicts, provide universal inspiration, or simply to deliver distraction and entertainment if just for a small moment in time. Particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic, in which most leagues and championships have paused or shut down, sports have proven to provide a silver lining: from a new Michael Jordan documentary we can bond over to the first remote NFL draft to remain optimistic about a new football season. With countless examples of sports being the ultimate unifier, Stacker investigated some iconic moments in athletic history that have stood the test of time. There are incredible instances to celebrate such as countries ending wars, players combating racism and sexism, and people lifted out of poverty—all due to the immense impact of sports on the world. Disasters also play a role, however, with our ability to overcome these times through sports—such as after 9/11—or find solidarity when they occur in sports themselves, as with the Boston Marathon. Looking at different athletes, sports that range from soccer and basketball to tennis and boxing, and events that transformed the world, Stacker dug deep to bring you the most inspiring moments in history. The list itself comes from news archives, athletic publications, and historic reels that delves into the true power of sports to galvanize people. Whether you’re a fan of sports, follow an individual team or a player, or just casually watch from time to time, these stories will bring out your team spirit and provide inspiration or hope in untold ways. If you want something uplifting during difficult times, these stories will most certainly be a bright spot in your day. You may also like:  30 famous people you didn't know were college athletes

30 examples of sports bringing the world together

There’s nothing quite like sports when it comes to bringing people together. Whether it’s a fierce rivalry, the Olympics, or simply a small showing of sportsmanship, sports can solve conflicts, provide universal inspiration, or simply deliver distraction and entertainment if just for a small moment in time.

Particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic, in which most leagues and championships have paused or shut down, sports have proven to provide a silver lining: from a new Michael Jordan documentary we can bond over to the first remote NFL Draft to remain optimistic about a new football season.

With countless examples of sports being the ultimate unifier, Stacker investigated some iconic moments in athletic history that have stood the test of time. There are incredible instances to celebrate such as countries ending wars, players combating racism and sexism, and people lifted out of poverty — all due to the immense impact of sports on the world. Disasters also play a role, however, with our ability to overcome these times through sports — such as after 9/11 — or find solidarity when they occur in sports themselves, as with the Boston Marathon.

Looking at different athletes, sports that range from soccer and basketball to tennis and boxing, and events that transformed the world, Stacker dug deep to bring you the most inspiring moments in history. The list itself comes from news archives, athletic publications, and historic reels that delve into the true power of sports to galvanize people.

Whether you’re a fan of sports, follow an individual team or a player, or just casually watch from time to time, these stories will bring out your team spirit and provide inspiration or hope in untold ways. If you want something uplifting during difficult times, these stories will most certainly be a bright spot in your day.

You may also like: 30 famous people you didn't know were college athletes

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