According to Wikipedia, a uniform means a set of standard clothing worn by members of an organization while participating in that organization’s activity. People generally wearing uniforms are the armed forces, police, emergency services, schools and workplaces. Moreover, uniform means to be the same, and without any difference.
With these basic ideas in mind the concept of having a common dress came in to picture. If the dress of the members of an organization remains the same then there is a sense of commonality which develops among them. Uniforms also depict solidarity, and this has been this way through out, right from the days of the Roman Empire to this modern day.
Even in the field of sports, one can’t do without uniforms. The members of a sports team wear their uniforms to say “I belong to this group.” It makes them elated. It shows their identity and what makes them different from the rest. If one ever played sports, he or she knows that each sport tends to have a particular set of requirements in terms of dress. Soccer players need shorts, cleats and shin guards. Football players need helmets and pads. Even boxers like our very own Manny Pacquiao aside from the boxer shorts and comfortable sneakers are also required to wear mouth guard and boxer gloves with hand wraps underneath for protection. Uniforms in sports help athletes stay safe and perform their best.
Uniform brings everyone to the same platform, no matter how rich or poor he or she is and thus inculcating a feeling of equality among them. They are more caring for their fellows and colleagues, they care not only for their growth but the growth of their peers as well.
Try to witness a parade in a sports competition. Then take a closer look at how the athletes carry themselves with their uniforms on. Some could lift their chins up but others just shy away. One could surmise that the difference lies in the uniform they wear. Athletes tend to play better with comfortable sports gear. Providing complete uniforms also manifests good governance and sound leadership from officials because athletes do not just win for themselves but for their own towns as well. Unfortunately, not all players are provided with complete and comfortable uniforms. Despite the many setbacks, athletes remain unperturbed. They still play to win and bring home the coveted prize.
Uniforms are essential and foster traits which are necessary for a person as an individual and an organization as a whole to thrive and prosper. Wearing a complete set of uniform is not a guarantee of winning but it could be a driving force for one to achieve his or her goal and rise up above the rest.