Did you know that 62% of U.S. kids ages 9-13 do not participate in sports because of lack of funds? Or that 33% of American kids are overweight or obese by 3rd grade? Maybe you already knew that 70% drop out of youth sports by age 13?
Kids in the Game is a non-profit organization based in Bend, Oregon that works with local communities to raise money to pay athletic fees for underprivileged kids. The premise is simple. Raise money, pay fees, get a kid in the game. On average, $30 will help a child play for one season. But any amount helps.
According to Kids in the Game, youth who participate in after-school athletic programs have:
- less misconduct and criminal activity
- higher levels of physical activity later in life
- better academic performance
- less substance abuse
- less teen pregnancy
- less obesity
Sports are important. I hope you’ll help get a Kid in the Game.
- I Am A Sports Parent, October 12, 2010.
- Get a Kid in the Game, April 3, 2012.
- Honoring Jack Pinto and Getting More Kids in the Game, December 13, 2013.
- Help Kids Play Sports and Get in the Game, February 28, 2014.