Religion in Sports

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Some religions prohibit sports activities on certain days. For example, individuals practicing the Jewish faith observe Shabbat from a few minutes prior to sunset on Friday evening until the appearance of three stars in the night sky on Saturday evening. The NBA currently has a handful of practicing Jewish athletes, including Omri Casspi, Amar’e Stoudemire, and Jordan Farmar. Depending on how committed to the Jewish religion one is, you could play or practice on the Shabbat if you are more lax, or refrain from competition or traveling for the more strict. Some accommodations that could be offered by management include athletes working out at home, suiting up but sitting out of games or practices, having a private area for prayer or meditation, and allowing athletes to wear religious jewelry or headpieces. The number one issue to consider with religion in sports is scheduling accommodations. Many religions have sacred days of the week and annual religious holidays. Management teams are often tasked with scheduling concerns with regard to reasonably accommodating religious practices.