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5 Benefits of Team Sports

by Sarah Lyons on Aug 21st, 2017

If you are considering signing your child up for a team sport, but have reservations about the investment of your time and money, consider the benefits it can have for your child. Team sports provide the opportunity for your child to get some exercise and also provide the opportunity for social interaction and growth in their self confidence.

Encourages a life outside school

“Our middle daughter really struggles academically, but excels in sports.” says Stefanie Eubanks, mother of three from Olathe “Sports give her such confidence and they really help her self esteem tremendously!” Kids can feel like their lives revolve around school and people they interact while there. Playing community sports gives them the opportunity to meet people outside of their immediate social circle and gives them confidence to develop friendships in new situations.

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Become part of a team

Working together for a common goal and achieving it helps build a strong bond between teammates. “Team sports help kids identify their place on the team even if they aren’t the star player. It also teaches compassion and empathy when teammates make mistakes.” says Kara Thomas, Colorado Springs mother. Kids who are part of a sports team learn to cheer each other on and feel the same support from their teammates during the game. They will also learn sportsmanship, compassion when someone gets hurt, and how get along with teammates, even when they don’t like each other. The ability to work as a team is a skill that they will use throughout life in school, at work, and even in a family unit.

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