9 Fortune 500 CEOs who are obsessed with sports — and really good, too by Benjamin Snyder @FortuneMagazine October 23, 2014, 4:39 PM EDT E-mail Tweet Facebook Google Plus Linkedin Share icons It’s no secret: playing sports as a child leads to many benefits in adulthood. Take a 2012 report by TrueSport as an example. The program, which seeks to ensure a positive youth sport experience by promoting competition, sportsmanship and peak performance, celebrates the success that lifelong athletes gain. The report shows that being active on a team as a child leads to a laundry list of positives, including what the program calls the five “C’s”: competence, confidence, connections, character and caring. Meanwhile, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services praises sports for career benefits. “While it might be hard to argue that sports participation could guarantee higher incomes, promotions, and better jobs, the leadership skills and development of teamwork, hard work, and determination might help prepare students to be leaders at work and in their communities later in life,” the website says. So it makes sense that business leaders at the very top of their field would be not only athletic growing up, but indeed some of the best in the country. Here’s a list of nine CEOs obsessed with a sport growing up – and successful in business, too.