This Sunday, millions of Americans will gather around their televisions for an annual tradition unlike any other – The Super Bowl. People from all walks of life, races and beliefs will come together to enjoy an event that has become a cultural phenomenon.
Here are 5 ways the Super Bowl unites us:
- It Builds Bridges, Not Walls. More than 99 million people, nearly one-third of Americans, tune in to watch as families, friends, coworkers and neighbors put differing opinions and beliefs aside and to enjoy a game of Football.
- A Game for All Colors. The NFL is a melting pot of cultures, in fact, the vast majority of NFL players are minorities. This makes the Super Bowl a celebration of diversity and a symbol of unity for all Americans. The diversity we see on the football field each year is a reflection of the diversity of our country, which is a point of pride for most Americans.
- Patriotism on Display. The NFL has a long and proud history of patriotism and service, with countless players having served their country in various battlefields, from the Pacific Theatre during World War II to the Middle East during the Iraq War. Many great players even played in military service academies’ football programs. Veteran players embody a shared American spirit of bravery and selflessness and their stories serve as a powerful reminder of the sacrifices made by our servicemen and women.
- Both teams in the game (The Kansas City Chiefs and Philadelphia Eagles) undertake significant community outreach. From literacy and blood drives to supporting the military, these teams use their platforms to make a real difference in the lives of others.
- Good sportsmanship is key. After the final whistle has blown, coaches and players shake hands, congratulating each other on a game well played. This show of good sportsmanship is a testament to the spirit of competition and respect that defines the Super Bowl.
The Super Bowl is more than just a football game. It’s a uniquely American tradition that brings us together. So whether you’re a die-hard football fan or just there to eat nachos and watch the ads, make sure to tune in and celebrate one of America’s greatest traditions.