Friday, August 2, 2013

Louie Manalastas: Sports Help Families Bond

As devoted father and husband Louie Manalastas knows, watching sports together is a good way to help families bond. When a shared love of a particular team or player develops among family members, it can lead to feelings of greater closeness as they cheer for their favorites together. Any sport will do for this kind of bonding. The important thing is that all members of the family enjoy the sport and, preferably, like the same teams and players. It can even be good bonding if family members root for rivaling teams, as long as these rivalries remain good-natured.

Basketball is popular with many families today. One of the most popular basketball teams around is the Boston Celtics. Louie Manalastas counts himself among the team's many fans. This nationally known basketball team plays in the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference and was founded in 1946. Home games are played at TD Garden in Boston. The team boasts 17 championships, making it the top winning team of any NBA franchise team. The team's constant ability to win big is what makes it so appealing to so many people. Its mascot is Lucky the Leprechaun (an homage to the Irish beginnings of the team as well as the large Irish population of Boston). Lucky has definitely lived up to his name.

Kevin Garnett is one of the most popular players on the Celtics. He joined the team in the 2007–2008 season along with another fan favorite, Paul Pierce. These two new players helped the team to win its 17th championship in 2008 as well as the Eastern Conference title in 2010. Garnett and Pierce are now two of the most recognized faces on the team and have millions of fans across the country. Louie Manalastas is one of their fans. He, his wife and son enjoy cheering them on during games. Like many families across the country, a shared love of the same basketball team and its players has helped Louis Manalastas and his family become closer through this mutual bond.

However, sports don’t have to involve merely passively watching a game to be a family bonding experience. Families can bond by participating in sporting activities together. Again, the key is that everyone enjoy the sport being played. For Louie Manalastas and his family, their sporting activity of choice is fishing. They love to see who can catch the biggest or the most fish on a fishing trip. They enjoy spending time together out on the water doing something they all can share.

Other families participate in both competitive and noncompetitive sports. Some families have their own family teams that play against each other in baseball, football and other sports. Others enjoy more low-key activities that don't involve competition, such as hiking, swimming and bicycling. Sports can help any family to bond. The secret is finding something everyone enjoys and then making a point of doing it as regularly as possible.           

1 comment:

Rudi said...

Nice article Irvin about Basket(irisch)...sport for the whole family...
Me a ask you? why you dont take a chatbox my friend...it' for free and more visitors...
Sorry for the question Irvin
here 20 degrees with much wind

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