STATE OF PLAY
In 2018, only 5% of youth age 5-18 were meeting the federally recommended amount of exercise. This is critical to a variety of health, education, social, and financial benefits. Organized sports help to improve cognitive skills, bolster academic achievement, reduce major health risks, and drive leadership skills and positive self-esteem. Active kids just do better in life.
With the number of kids playing sports on a constant decline, especially in lower-income youth, this public health concern must come to a head. Our organization subsidizes the costs of local and regional recreation programs including various summer camps, before and after-school programs, and youth sports leagues.
DID YOU KNOW THAT BEING ACTIVE…
Encourages goal-setting habits
Develops leadership skills
Less likely to smoke, suffer from loneliness and low self-esteem
Promotes strong mental health
Minimizes symptoms of anxiety
Counteracts depression in teens and adults; is often more effective than antidepressants
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Decreases rates= of teen pregnancy
Organized sports help improve cognitive skills
Improved academic achievement (grades and test scores)
Enhanced concentration, attention, and classroom behavior
High school athletes are more likely than non-athletes to attend college
Controls weight and reduces obesity
Prevents high blood pressure
Reduces risk of more than 13 types of cancer
Helps to build and maintain healthy bones, muscles, and joints
Getting people active could save the global economy nearly $68B annually in medical costs and productivity. US alone - save $28B
Moving just 30 minutes, 5x a week could leave folks with an extra $2500+ in their pockets
Survey of 400 female corporate execs found 94% played a sport and 61% say sports contributed to their career success (EY Women Athletes Business Network/espnW, 2014).
Exercise is one of the least expensive ways to stay healthy