This week in Pittsburgh, more than 400,000 hockey fans gathered to celebrate their Stanley Cup Champions…the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Pens brought home the Cup after defeating the San Jose Sharks 4 games to 2. Wednesday’s parade was reportedly the biggest victory parade in city history. Local fans played hooky for the day while others came from as far as Canada to show their support of the team.
The streets of “Steel City” were a sea of black and gold in a unifying love for the Pens. People of all ages and physical abilities gathered together to bask in the glorious moment. Everything that divides and separates people was cast aside for a few memorable hours.
Sports have the power to unite people. Whether it’s as players or fans, people who may not otherwise be brought together, come together for one collective goal. Sports can help families bond, whether it’s playing a casual backyard game or intensely rooting for the home team on TV.
As Father’s Day fast approaches, think about the fathers in your life. Are they sports fans? Before Sunday’s barbeque, gather to play their favorite game as a family! Whether their sport of choice is basketball, football, volleyball, tennis, swimming, or golf, do something active together for health benefits and to create lasting memories. From backyard cookouts to Stanley Cup parades, enjoy the unifying aspects sports can bring to our lives.