People get involved in sports to achieve various goals. Some want to get in better shape while others just want a hobby to be involved with. Perhaps the goal is to eventually become a professional athlete. Nothing is wrong with any of these goals or reasons to participate in a sport. However, one of the most important reasons to be involved in sporting activities is that it teaches you some good life lessons.
One thing that is not so fun to learn is perseverance. This daunting lesson is made palatable when you apply it to athletic endeavors. Training is a big part of athletics. Practice is often a miserable thing to endure. You go day after day giving up blood, sweat, and even tears each time. The gains day to day are imperceivable. However, when game day arrives and ends with a victory it is easy to see the payoff for all that hard work. You then understand the point to all the hard work making it easier to put your nose to the grindstone and endure the workouts. In the case that you should lose after all that hard work, you learn the determination to keep showing up to the game for the day you are victorious. Without much thought about it, these acts have taught you to persevere.
A few other of lessons that you magically learn playing a sport is tolerance for adversity, the ability to take criticism, and teamwork. When you first take to athletics you have never done, typically you are not that good at it. In order to get better you have to understand your weaknesses and work to improve those points. This not only teaches you to overcome adversity it teaches you to tolerate it as a fact that you need to work to overcome. Being coached is a fantastic way to learn to take criticism. The job of a coach is to critique, point out your flaws, and give you advice on how to fix those flaws. This is great training to learn to take criticism in stride. Teamwork is an obvious lesson to be learned from sports. Not only do you learn to work with others, but you also can learn to lead a team of people in a positive way.
The sport you choose is not important. If you pay attention any of them will teach you lessons to use your entire life.