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Rodeo Remedies In The Poem Slam, Dunk, And Hook

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Washakie County School District sponsors many sports and clubs. Sports include football, wrestling, soccer, basketball, track, cross country, and golf. Some clubs or other teams include key club, forensics team, FFA, and several others. But there are also several teams that the school district do not support or sponsor. Such as baseball, bowling, downhill and cross country skiing, snowboarding, ultimate frisbee and rodeo. In the poem, “Slam, Dunk, and Hook”, the author talks about the thrills of a sport and what people can learn from them. Rodeo is a sport that can teach people many different virtues and values such as patience, confidence, and frugality.
The first virtue that can be obtained through the world wide sport of rodeo is patience. Because of the fact that rodeo is such a big sport, there are many competitors. With this in mind and the fact that events take more than a few mere seconds, rodeos can be an all day event. In a high ...view middle of the document...

This required a lot of patience, and it taught us all the virtue of it. In “Slam, Dunk, and Hook” it says, “Last Forever..” which could relate to patience, for forever is a long time. Patience is obviously a needed virtue that can be taught through rodeo.
A virtue that can be founded through rodeo is confidence. Confidence can also be found in the poem, “Slam, Dunk, and Hook” when it says, “We were metaphysical when girls...” because they were not really so, their confidence was just high. Rodeo can teach confidence in all events, especially roping and roughstock. If you don’t have confidence, you will not catch, or ride your stock, no matter how easy of a shot or stock they are. Therefor, people soon realize that they need to be confident in themselves to do good, and then they can transfer this understanding into other aspects of life. Therefor, to boost confidence within the Washakie County School District, the schools should start a rodeo team and support it wholeheartedly.
Rodeo can also be used to restore and create a virtue within the community, this characteristic is frugality. Frugality is trying to save money. Rodeo is a very expensive sport, with entry fees, gas, food for the weekend and other miscellaneous expenses, so people learn to save their money. In “Slam, Dunk, and Hook”, a boy, “played nonstop all day, so hard our backboard splintered.” This shows that things obviously breaks, and will need fixing. Yet people go through money like it grows on trees and if they do that then there won’t be any to spend later. With rodeo helping to teach people to save their money, it is only logical to get more people involved and to have support from the school district.
In the world, there are many values and characteristics to be learned. Some of these include patience, confidence, and frugality. Many sports can team some values, such as teamwork, hard work, and other things, yet rodeo teaches these, plus patience, confidence, and frugality. Because of this, doesn’t it make sense to support rodeo? So let’s all get together, and find a way, somehow, to support rodeo in the Washakie County School District to better prepare the students for the real world, and to make the community a better place.

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