People view athletes as hardworking and respectable. Schools put in money to have the best fields, tracks and sports equipment. But, often art departments such as music are underfunded. It is interesting in todays culture students are often more pushed into sports than music. Having had personal experience with this, and knowing very many other who have, it is a difficult situation. Many people tend to view practicing for hours on sport as more demanding than those practicing for hours playing an instrument. But both require constant work and training. If someone is athletic, you can see it just by looking at them. You see their muscles, they look energetic and no effort needs to be put into actually watching them play to understand their skill level. But a musician does not often bear a distinct physical appearance. To get recognized for their talent you have to hear them, not just look. Music is also just as much about being a team player. Everyone has to take their time to learn their parts, listen to the people around to find the right balance for volume, bettering themselves personally to improve the band as a whole. Both sports and music have their own benefit to students. One should not be pressured into choosing one or another, society should have an equal acceptance and respect of both.