The United Nations promotes sports development as an essential tool in promoting cooperation, peace, advocacy and fundraising in countries with varying economic conditions and societal beliefs. The U.N. Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization recognizes sport and physical education as a fundamental human right for all people. Sports development provides societal bonds among citizens, the potential for economic growth, improved fitness and the promotion of gender equality.
Sports development helps reduce crime rates, because sports provide an outlet for troubled youth who otherwise are more likely to commit crimes or get into trouble. Boxing programs are an example of sport development that has benefited people in low-income areas by providing both an outlet for aggression and a financial opportunity for those that turn professional.
Sports development also promotes discipline and good habits that benefit the participants in other areas of their daily lives. Sports require discipline, teamwork, physical fitness and strategy. These skills benefit participants in educational pursuits as well as in future careers. Increased physical activity in a group setting also promotes greater mental health by reducing depression.
All of this benefits society as a whole where the sports development occurs by lowering the overall health care costs for the population while teaching skills and attitudes that make the workforce more effective and efficient.