36 million youth
played organized sports in 2019
Combining physical activity, play, and collaboration, sports are a meaningful way to foster youth development and build key social and emotional skills like teamwork, empathy, and problem solving. These skills help kids thrive: on the field, in the classroom, and in life.
But these outcomes are not guaranteed.
Each year, fewer kids play sports. When many team environments place more emphasis on winning than on having fun, that’s unsurprising.
It doesn’t have to be this way. A good coach can play a transformational role in a child’s experience.
The key? High-quality training in youth development techniques.