Football is a popular game in
. It is more famous here than cricket in USA . It is not soccer or rugby. It is sometimes called American Football by
non-Americans. Every city in India has
organized football leagues for kids starting from the age of 5. They are put into different levels by age and
weight. They play several games each
year. Parents, family, and friends of
all players come to root their teams.
The grounds are so noicy, you would sometime mistake that there is an
India-Pakistan cricket match going on there. USA
Then these kids play high school football representing their schools. They then move on to college football. A few talented and lucky players become professionals and make millions of dollars each year, playing only 16 regular games.
There is a custom in the kids level and high school level football games. It is called “taking a knee” when a player is injured. Does not matter if the injured player is your own team or opponent, They will kneel down until the player is removed from the field.
(Courtesy: Yahoo)One coach said:
We take a knee and we pray for that player, that the injury is not serious or life-threatening
Sounds like a good practice that every kid in every sport should follow worldwide.
I asked a football expert. He said: Kids are asked to drop to one knee not so much out of respect but to keep them under control while the coach tends to the injury.
Always several explanations for every action. At least, we will take the good ones.
PS: If someone thinks knee taking is demonstrating Christian belief, it can be changed somewhat to suit the local custom and beliefs. It is the thought that counts, i.e. pray for the injured player whether he/she is on your team or your opponent’s team.