High School sporting events offer some things the pro game can’t
Professional sports, with all the glamor of million dollar salaries, superhuman abilities, and the excitement of stands packed with tens of thousands of screaming fans, still can’t compare to the pure sincerity of high school amateur sports.
Football games with screaming superfan mothers, a basketball gym with standing room only, and the experience you get from only attending a high school sporting event in person is something truly unique and is made that much more special with the community involvement that area schools enjoy.
The intimate setting of a high school game adds something to sport that commercialized professional athletics has lost. The individual chipmunk chirp of new sneakers sticking on hardwood as the girls race back across the court after a turnover, watching a goal from the sidelines of your own field, and seeing the hard work and determination of these young athletes driven only by their desire to succeed — and not by the desire for a pay raise or sponsorship — is unique to amateur sports and Socorro County sports fans have the best view of some of the most exciting teams and sports.
A person who finds that they don’t ordinarily enjoy sporting events might enjoy a high school football game, as the experience is completely different. At the high school game a fan gets to experience the sunset and the temperature drop ten of degrees but they never get cold, with the excitement of the close game enough to keep them warm.
The ear-rattiling buzzer at a basketball game is nothing compared to the muted version relayed on TV, while the triumphs and disappointments players express during prep games is revealed better in person than even on high definition TV.
Perhaps the most exciting thing about high school sports is learning the traditions and personalities of each school. Welcomed into the culture of high school athletics, a person learns each individual scorekeeper, learns who the fans are and those who they haven’t missed a game in years, ticket takers, and the community behind the players.
Professional sports are like the corporate empires shadowing the hard working and deserving mom and pop teams at high schools. These players don’t work any less hard.
Music lovers who enjoy a small concert setting, as opposed to a large screaming festival, understand the correlation to a special home game. For people who have never enjoyed high school sports I encourage you to take some change, grab some fund-raiser Frito Pie from the kids out front, take a seat on the plastic bleachers at your local high school gym and enjoy a few hours of basketball this winter.