We are teaming up with our local sports organizations and the National Council on Youth Sports to celebrate National Youth Sports Week, a time to showcase how our community can promote healthy lifestyles for children and families through sports.
By participating in community sports, children learn important life skills such as teamwork, patience, work ethic compassion and important problem solving skills. Sports boost self-esteem and reduces stress.
Because sports teach young people how to face and overcome challenges, many young athletes do better academically. Most importantly, community sports build a foundation for Lifelong Health.
Encouraging children to move their bodies is important, not only for physical health, but for mental health and cognitive development, too. According to the American Psychological Association, young people who exercise more have lower levels of depression, stress and psychological distress, and higher levels of positive self-image, life satisfaction and psychological well-being.