Whether you love to get down and dirty or sit back and enjoy the madness on TV, sports have been entertaining us and keeping us in shape since our earliest days of playing kickball in kindergarten. From National student-Athlete Day to National Cheerleading Safety Month, there’s over 10 sports holidays every year promoting fitness, health, and bringing people together.
Where did sports holidays come from?
Sports holidays started popping up around the 1950s. National Bowling Day on August 13 was established in 1956 by the Bowling Proprietor's Association of America to draw attention to an up-and-coming sport. Surprisingly, it started a trend of holidays meant to draw attention to niche pastimes and celebrate specific groups of athletes.
But if National Bowling Day started it all, Super Bowl Sunday on February 4 cemented the tradition of celebrating sports. The first game was played on January 15, 1967, as part of a planned merger between the American Football League and the National Football League. It was decided, until the merger, that the champions of each league would play each other for ultimate dominance—and the event became so popular that it became a holiday in its own right.
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The love inside the heart of a sports fan is strong. We'd hate to miss out on your favorite holiday. If there's a holiday that we've missed, click on the "Submit A Holiday" button below and fill us in. Let us know the name of the holiday, which sport it celebrates, give us a bit of background, and we'll take care of the rest.