The Ultimate World Peace

Scholarship Entrant: Nichole from Houston, TX
Essay Question: If you could earn a living doing what you love most, what would it be, and how would it change the world? Describe the specific goals you would set to make that dream a reality.
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If I could earn a living doing what I love most, I would spend the rest of my life playing and promoting the sport Ultimate Frisbee. Sports bring people together in friendly competition and can cause warring countries to momentarily put aside their differences to respect each other’s athletic prowess. So what? We already have soccer. Still, Ultimate Frisbee takes the idea of mutual respect one step further. Despite varying levels of competitiveness, the most important part of Ultimate Frisbee is the spirit of the game. The spirit of the game is very much like an honor code with guidelines that allows players to self-referee and talk out their differences. It is untainted by bribery or doping or scandal because there is no money to be gained. The only equipment required is a Frisbee – very often shoes are optional. Because it is so simple, this sport is universally accessible and therefore in the perfect position to promote peace. Already, it’s easy to meet a young traveler from India at a local pickup game and learn a thing or two about his culture, while he makes new friends in the US. Imagine if a group of Sunni and Shiite kids had a safe place to play together and learn to respect one another. I bet they would grow up thinking that maybe they aren’t so different after all. Providing safe spaces for playing, Frisbees, and a love for the game just might be able to change the world.

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