The Gift of Sports
-Dag Hammarskjold, 1954 Markings
Translated by Leif Sjoberg and W.H. Auden, 1964
The origins of nearly all sports can be found in religious ceremonies. The Olympic Games and Sumo wrestling are clear examples of how civilizations, both ancient and modern, connect athletic performance and achievement to a higher spiritual plane - to an indescribable yet clearly recognized "something more."
The Gift of Sports will give readers an understanding of and appreciation for the religious dimensions of sports. The selections in the text demonstrate that the appeal and popularity of sports is based on viewing them, not just as business or entertainment, but as ceremony.
Topics covered in the book include:
- Religion as a gift exchange between different beings
- The sacred nature of sporting events and venues
- Sports as a vital force in youth and community development
- Fan devotion
- Sports and Money
- "The Creator’s Game" of Lacrosse
- Racism and Sexism in sports
The Gift of Sports offers a unique perspective on two familiar topics by showing that in many respects, they are one and the same.
Harvard Divinity School
"The Gift of Sports is a thoroughly researched and well written book on the Indigenous sport of Lacrosse… A people who have very little written history the story of Lacrosse is brought to light by the Indigenous peoples custom of storytelling with deep affection and reverence for the Creator."
Roy D. Simmons Jr.
University of Syracuse