The Importance Of Sport And Play For Kids

Including sport and play in children's lives is important for the life lessons they learn.Photo courtesy of News Canada.

Including sport and play in children’s lives is important for the life lessons they learn.
Photo courtesy of News Canada.

(NC) – Whether your child participates in baseball, dance, soccer, golf or hockey, including sport and play in their lives is important. The lessons they learn can stay with them for the rest of their lives.

Benefits of sport

  • Develop important life skills. Sport helps to teach children teamwork, leadership skills and the value of hard work. These are all important life skills that can be implemented in school and in their professional careers.
  • Increase self-esteem. A recent study from The Sport Journal has linked playing sports to gaining self-esteem and confidence, two important qualities for children to have now and as they grow up.
  • Encourage life-long physical activity. Registering your kids in sport at an early age will help foster a love of physical activity through to adulthood, leading to a healthier lifestyle.
  • Create lasting friendships. Being part of a team gives kids the opportunity to travel, problem-solve, win, and lose alongside their peers. The resulting bond leads to lasting friendships.

For parents concerned about the expenses associated with getting kids into sport and play, Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities can help by assisting with the costs of registration, equipment, and even transportation.

You can support this cause by donating at your local store and know that 100 per cent of customer donations stay in the community. If you know a kid who wants to play but is unable to because of costs, find help online.

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