Youth Sports, Academic Achievement and Self Esteem

In every school community there are students of all ages who participate in youth sports. Many kids begin playing organized sports beginning at age 5 or 6 and kids play sports throughout their entire school career. There are different reasons kids play sports. Initially parents usually introduce their children to a sport or sports and as the children get older, their interests dictate continuing in a given sport. Participation in youth sports at all levels has an effect on the participant's self esteem and the children who continue to be involved in sports through their middle and high school years are more likely to have higher academic acheivement, fewer discipline problems and a more positive view of their school and community. READ MORE

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