The Positive Influence Of Youth Sports In Today's Society

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Three out of four American families with school-aged children have at least one playing an organized sport. This comes to a total of about 45 million kids playing sports nationwide (Atkinson). Youth sports are very popular in today’s society, and they always have been. Participation in youth sports has increased by three percent from 2015, and it is expected to keep increasing even more (Rosenwald). More and more parents are seeing the positive benefits their kids can receive from youth sports, which is shown by the increase in participation. From lowering the risk of obesity as an adult to helping kids gain skills that they’ll use for the rest of their lives, youth sports greatly benefits our nation’s youth. Participation in
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Ham, at the Christa McAuliffe School in Concord. On Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, I would drive over to the Bow Youth Center after school and play t-ball with a group of 10 kindergartens. Some didn’t know how to play at all, so I had to do some instruction along the way. During the first week of my time there, the kids seemed rather hesitant towards me and towards playing t-ball. As I began to spend more and more time there, I began interacting and connecting with the kids, which helped them feel more comfortable towards me. They were excited to play t-ball. Whenever I showed up, I would be welcomed with a chorus of cheers and yells. Some of the kids even offered to carry my equipment for me (which included a tee, gloves, a plastic bat, and a wiffle ball). I could see that this game immediately boosted the kids’ attitudes, which is one of the social benefits of youth sports. The kids would even cheer each other on when one of their friends missed the ball or didn’t catch a ball that was hit to them. They supported each other, and wanted one another to do something good. This gave me the first-hand experience of how youth sports fosters social skills such as communication and teamwork. From my job shadowing of the PE teacher at the Christa McAuliffe…show more content…
It can decrease the risk of heart disease at a later age, develop new nerve cells in the brain, and promote skills such as teamwork and collaboration, which will help a child throughout their years of schooling up into their career path. Youth sports can make kids smarter, stronger, healthier, and help them create strong social skills. It perks up kids’ moods and encourages them to work together to achieve a common goal. It is crucial to keep youth sports organizations going nationwide so that the younger generation of our nation can continue to benefit from all that it has to
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