While this may come as no shock, kids that participate in youth sports learn and practice healthy living standards, standards that can oftentimes follow them for their entire lifespan. These traits can help make the difference in helping a child reaching their full potential later in life.
Sports Help Foster an Active Lifestyle
Obviously participating in a sport means that you’re active, but the habit of being active lasts longer than being on the field… or even being a child or teen. If a person is involved in sports during their formative years, they’re much more likely to lead an active lifestyle. Whether that means playing in college or simply jogging several times a week in adulthood, getting up and active is something that sticks with most kids. This means that they lead longer and healthier lives, regardless of what kind of exercise they later partake in.
Sports Teach You How to Eat Better
Not only do sports promote activity, but they help kids to learn healthy eating habits. If you want to perform your best on the field, you’ve got to take your game to the kitchen by eating fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and drinking milk. Junk food can only carry you so far when you’re trying to perform during a match. Kids who play sports and eat junk food one day versus a healthy meal the next will feel immediate differences in how they perform and will likely learn the lesson that if you put good in, you’ll get good out.
Sports Instill Discipline
Perhaps the greatest takeaway from youth sports is the sense of discipline that it can instill in a child. Discipline is a virtue from which many good things grow. Having the discipline to focus and manage your time can translate into a better ability to study and learn. Having the discipline to work hard and save money can lead to an ability to manage finances and get what you need. Having the discipline to control your emotions or urges can lead to better life decisions in any situation. Participating in youth sports may be all a child needs to develop a life-long habit of discipline.
Help Support Trinity Sports Foundation
Created to provide a Christian-based sports venue for youths regardless of race, economics means, religion, or athletic ability, Trinity Sports Foundation works with other non-profits, like the Salvation Army, Safe Haven, Arlington Urban Ministries, and YMCA, to give hundreds of underprivileged and at-risk youths opportunities to play sports and make new friends in a safe environment.
Trinity Sports Foundation currently has 3 full fields that can be used for soccer or football with more facilities on the way, including volleyball courts, baseball fields, and a family pavilion. If you’d like to further this vision and help positively change the lives of underprivileged and at-risk youths in DFW, consider donating to Trinity Sports Foundation today.