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Recreation and Sports

Recreation in the States is as varied as the people who live there. Popular pastimes are camping, fishing, athletics, gaming, art and theatre. Culturally specific pastimes are also widely available depending on your city. Work and leisure are seen to be of equal importance in the US, and there is guaranteed to be something to suit your fancy.

Sports in the US is a hugely followed pastime. Organized sport is an integral part American culture and is experienced at many levels of spectatorship and athletic participation. The four most popular sports in the US are football, baseball, basketball and hockey. The National Football League (NFL), Major League Baseball (MLB), National Basketball Association (NBA), and The National Hockey League (NHL) experience widespread recognition and media coverage. Soccer is also played widely in the US although it is less popular as a spectator sport.

The US has integrated sports into its schooling system so many high schools and universities have intramural teams students can participate in their spare time. This allows students to lead healthy, active lifestyles and balance their academic workload with some athletic fun.