I thought this was a nice column from the Archdiocese of Cincinnati newspaper.
See Local prep athletes, remember the Pope’s words . Whether its packed crowds watching Catholic High School Football teams in my part of Louisiana or elsewhere there are good words here. Here is a part of the piece ( read it all at the link ) :
The lessons that sports can teach apply across all types of competition, including all of Ohio’s high school fall sports. Cross country can teach endurance and fortitude, golf can teach patience, tennis can teach focus, volleyball, soccer & field hockey can teach teamwork. Football can teach all the same lessons, but for good or ill, it is the one played under the brightest lights and before the largest crowds.