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Sports have power to amaze, devastate athletes, fans

The passion that can be found through sports captivates fans and athletes alike, and that makes it painful when your favorite teams lose. But Summer Sanders says the opportunity to learn from failure is the greatest gift. The point is that these games that we love so much are just games. Although the NFL (and college sports for that matter) are big business, the players play with passion every single weekend because they LOVE it. They've always loved it and that's how simple it should be.

Updated: January 25, 2011, 11:30 AM ET
By Summer Sanders

The power of sports amazes me.

I love cheering for my teams but it hurts when they lose. In October, I was introduced to the coolest group of women around. I was lucky enough to be invited to the espnW retreat. I had always wanted to go to a "retreat" because it sounds relaxing, but this retreat was like a weekend full of vitamins and super-food for the mind, body and soul. espnW is quite simply, my people. We are women who are strong in mind and body and willing to challenge ourselves. ...

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