Gliders are incredibly fun to fly. It is common for glider pilots to fly four to six hours in a single flight, climb a mile into the sky on rising winds, travel long distances, and on occasion fly wing tip to wing tip with bald eagles, all in the peace of silent flight. Further, having no engine, gliders are easier to fly than powered aircraft, which gives teens an early entry into aviation.
Because gliders have no engine, glider pilots must exquisitely manage airspeed and altitude--these are such important skills that Federal Aviation Administration now recommends glider training for airline pilots. In short: glider pilots become safer pilots. Further, gliding is a pathway to a career in aviation.