Because iv’e seen it inspire a ton of people to start something they come to love. Whether it be swimming, volleyball, basketball, cheerleading, baseball, figure skating, running, ballroom dance or rugby, it inspires people to say “I love to watch it but you know what? I think I’d like to try that too.” Because guess what? It’s perfectly okay to say “Hey, I want to be like Victor Nikiforov. Mom can I sign up for ice skating lessons?” Hell, Hinata Shoyou did just that after seeing what he could accomplish done by someone he saw on a TV. Sports anime gets people inspired and active and I think that’s pretty kick ass.
“My friend sang "I Can Go The Distance” for his audition. I heard his audition through the curtain and I cried because of my emotional connection to that song. I sang it to myself before every audition. I’ve kept it close to my heart all these years and it inspires me to go farther than expected.“