The Value of Sports in the Life of a Child

I’ve never been an athlete. In fact, far from it. Attending P.E. class was always somewhat painful and at times, a little embarrassing.

I’m a great sports fan though. For me, college basketball is something to look forward to — GO CATS! (Arizona Wildcats that is — sorry Kentucky fans.) Whether I am cheering for my team or for the current March Madness underdog, I can’t wait for March to come around.

As a non-athlete, I have come to really appreciate the value of sports and what they teach the children in our programs.

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Sports teach them about unity and trust, about how to express themselves more freely and how to discover their gifts and talents.

More specifically sports have shown Erick that he is a valuable part of a community that loves him.

value of sports

For Emilda, sports helped replace teasing and cruel words with cheers and Olympic medals.

value of sports

And baseball has given these young men in the Dominican Republic an opportunity to bond with otherwise absent fathers.

value of sports

Whether it’s a game of soccer, running or playing baseball, the value of sports in the life of a child is not just about the sport, it’s about teamwork, community and the possibility of achievement.

What did sports teach you as a child?

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  1. Leandro Dias April 8, 2017

    It all contribues clearly to the personal development of child. Go to sport for all!

  2. Eryn February 27, 2013

    I completely agree, sports are a great idea for children. Sports help them to show their talents and let them be a part of a team. Sports can really help children learn to work with others, possibly even others they wouldn’t normally talk to or are much different then they are. Most importantly sports help kids be a apart of a team and grow both individually and as part of a team.

  3. Gail February 24, 2013

    As a child sports taught me to focus my time anywhere else than sports 🙂 Being not good at sports led me to Royal Rangers instead which mentored me as a child and now gives me the opportunity to mentor new generations of children in camping, life skills and faith.

    1. Jacquie Parella February 24, 2013

      I can so relate! My thing was drama. I found community there and it made all the difference. 🙂

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