Youth Sports Are on Life Support
He steps to the line, shifts his eyes to the basket and back down to the ball. Bouncing it three times he takes a deep breath, focusing on the rim, 15 feet from the line. He bounces the ball a few more times, exhaling and trying to calm his screaming nerves. He pulls up his custom uniform and wipes his dripping face. This is it, the ball floats from his fingertips and bounces on the rim. The spectators hold their breath and it seems that the sound simply fell out of the air. The ball teeters through the net and a roar emanates from the crowd. Spectators and teammates alike swarm the court to celebrate the narrow victory. He is hoisted up on shoulders and carried like a hero. His face is a beaming vision of pure joy.
The scene above is the moment that young man will carry with him for the rest of his life. He will never play in the NBA and more than likely only play intramurals in college. That one moment though, will carry him through to adulthood. Confidence, integrity, drive and responsibility are all traits he will take away from from playing the game. Qualities that cannot be taught in books and must be instilled through experience and reinforced through success.
The world today is rife with opportunities to be sedentary. As adults, we tend to fall into patterns and stick there, we rely on the lessons that were learned in athletics and physical education to stay fit. Children who participate in physical education and athletics are more likely to lead a healthier life in the future. Prevention of illnesses and/or diseases such as heart disease, obesity, diabetes and depression are all linked to an active healthy lifestyle.
Athletics are a necessity in schools today. It is not always seen as an important part of the educational system but children who do not have a quality physical education. These children are more likely to be obese than those who do not participate in physical education. It is imperative that we support physical education in our schools for the future of our children. As prominent as it is in the culture of schools in America, athletic programs are in danger. Make no mistake it is an important part of the school experience but ultimately it is an issue of money. Athletic programs cost money and it is not always in the best interest of the school to continue funding them.
You can Help
At Moneyball Sportswear, we believe in athletics and physical education for students of all ages. If you believe as we do, take a look at how your school district is running its athletic programs. If you discover that you don’t like it, change it! The kids need our help and positive resolution is always the best course of action. At Moneyball Sportswear, we are about giving back and providing a positive force in this world: All things we learned in gym class.