Kids need exercise. Whether it’s hitting the slopes, playing soccer, going for a ride, or playing hockey. Whatever the sport they play, regular physical activity benefits youth in many ways. It builds muscles, maintains healthy joints, and controls weight and blood pressure.
Exercise can also benefit children academically. Research has suggested a positive association between sports and enhanced concentration, improved classroom behaviour, and improved academic performance.
What’s more, high school athletes are more likely to attend college and get degrees than non-athletes.
Studies have shown that adolescents who play sports are 8 times as likely to become active young adults. Young adults with higher self-esteem, stronger leadership skills, and a lower risk of depression than youth who were not as active.
Community recreational centers are the hub where many of these beneficial sports activities take place.