Seniors Introduce New Sports and Politics Activity, Encourage all Perspectives and Debate
The Sports and Politics Activity is a new club run by Seniors Alex Pistolesi and Zach Lieb, and Melissa Miness, a Middle and Upper School English teacher. When asked why they created this club, Alex and Zach said that they believe sports have a very big influence in our world and affect “political discussion, political discourse in our country... and even [topics] at Riverdale,” Lieb said.
The club started with an interest in sports and finding a meaningful way to incorporate sport dialogue into the classroom.
Pistolesi thought that if “we made the discussion more intellectual by relating it to politics and societal issues that would be more beneficial to members of the Riverdale community.”
The main goal for the activity is to give students a forum in which they can express their views freely.
Co-President Zach Lieb mentioned that he wants the discussion to “be an open debate,” where no one should feel pressured to think or feel a certain way. On the issue of Quarterback Colin Kaepernick and the national turmoil sparked by his kneeling, Lieb encourages different perspectives and arguments, stating that “no one should think the same way.”
When reporters spoke to Ms. Miness about her role in the club, she highlighted that the club is not really about the players themselves, but the way in which players utilize their unique platforms to communicate a certain message or belief.
Although Ms. Miness admitted that she only follows soccer closely, she said that when Alex approached her about the club, she was happy to help and “support [her] students” and become the faculty advisor of the activity.
Ms. Miness’ expertise lies in the political realm, where she has a vast knowledge of American politics.
This is where the Sports and Politics Activity stands out, as it enables students and teachers alike with different interests and ideas to be involved in the same, constructive conversation.
In society today, friendly debates and diverse opinions are being encouraged more and more, and Riverdale should also be a place where those opinions are celebrated and discussed.
The Sports and Politics activity wants to create an environment for this type of debate to thrive.
Anyone interested in discussing politics through the lens of sports should consider joining this club.
The Sports and Politics activity can be found in room 124.