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Why playing youth sports is important…

Confidence, Commitment and Discipline

When kids play sports, they develop confidence, commitment and discipline. Additionally, you learn how to win and lose both of which are important life skills.

“Parents think that the organized way you participate in sports — the leadership and fellowship — is actually preparing people not only for the next game but for much broader roles in life.”

Robert Blendon, Harvard Professor
Impacting Our Youth Girl Holding Basketball

Another very important benefit of youth sports, is that it helps fight the obesity epidemic that we are facing in the United States. Research finds that children who play on several sports teams are nearly 40 percent less likely to be obese.

“Team sport participation had the strongest and most consistent inverse association with weight status.”

Keith M. Drake, of the Hood Center for Children and Families at Dartmouth in Lebanon, New Hampshire