Brazil won the lottery as far as international sporting events are concerned. In a matter of a couple of years, Brazil will play host to the Confederations Cup, the men's soccer World Cup, and the Summer Olympics.
As is the case with most of these international events, it is necessary for the host country to add to or upgrade their facilities to accommodate the additional events.
New stadiums are built and old ones are renovated. Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro was built for the 1950 World Cup and has been falling apart ever since.
With a little help from the government and a (hopefully) short-term sacrifice by the citizens, anyone that watched the Confed Cup final between Brazil and Spain saw a magnificent stadium that looked more modern.
I know the citizens of Brazil are struggling to understand why they are not afforded basic benefits and transportation when the government is spending astronomical money on the development of new sport facilities.
I'm not about to throw my opinion into the ring about the Brazilian government's decision-making nor the merit of the citizens' complaints when I don't fully understand our own.
Sport and the revenue generated around it can't be ignored. To build a new stadium takes initial capital that is hard to justify when the needs of the people dictate spending otherwise. I remember a time when I responded to an email through the school system with one of my typical comments about needing a turf field and I received a quick, pointed response about the need to purchase textbooks and computers for ALL students instead of spending money on only a portion of the student population.
Point taken. The relationship is not that simple.
It can't be debated that sports at every level generate revenue for somebody, it's the use of that revenue that can be debated ad nauseum. I was watching my son play in the recent "Lax Max" tournament hosted in the Westminster area and a local politician told me that the tournament brought an additional 15,000 people to the area and ten of thousands of dollars
The shops on Main Street and the eating establishments around town all benefited from the influx of visitors and their greenbacks. The ripple effect of running a simple lacrosse tournament was felt through much of our community.
We have the facilities to host these types of tournaments for other sports as well. If we could coordinate the effort with all of our recreation councils, not only will the athletes and their families benefit, but the local businesses would share in the corresponding windfall.
In a small community such as ours where we all share in the trials and tribulations of one another, is it hard to work together for the common good where the benefits to our community and its citizens are plentiful?
As auto industrialist and innovator Henry Ford said, "Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success."