For a child from a homeless or low-income family, team sports would provide them with a physical and emotional outlet from their unsettled circumstances.
Kids who play team sports are more likely to: perform well in school, receive higher grades on national tests, graduate high school, and remain employed.
Kids who play team sports are less likely to: contravene the law or go to prison, abuse alcohol or drugs, join a gang, abuse sex or become pregnant, skip class, and drop out of school.
Non-athletes are 60% more likely to be overweight than athletes.
Approximately 775,000 youth are involved in gangs. Studies have shown reduced crime rates in areas with sports-based youth development initiatives.
Female high school athletes are 92% less likely to get involved in drugs, 80% less likely to get pregnant, and 3 times more likely to graduate than non-athletes.
61% of boys and 34% of girls in all grades say that sports are "a big part of who they are"
60% of boys and 47% of girls are already on teams by the age of 6. The biggest indicator of whether or not children start playing sports at a young age is household income.
In the United States, 21.47 million kids between ages 6 and 17 play on recreational team sports.
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