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GIVE THEM A CHANCE TO PLAY
Give them "the Chance to Play"
Athletic participation for kids ages 6 through 12 is down almost 8 percent over the last decade, according to Sports & Fitness Industry Association and Aspen data, and children from low-income households are half as likely to play one day’s worth of team sports than children from households earning at least $100,000.
Money, measured in average household income, is the largest indicator of whether a child is going to be physically active or play sports, the data shows.
Sports in America have separated into sport-haves and have-nots -- if you don’t have money, it’s hard to play.
We Need To Turn This Around
"Kids who are physically active are less likely to be obese. They’re better in the classroom. They go to college. They’re more likely to be active parents. And because of that, their kids are more active," says the director of Aspen’s Sports & Society.
Success looks like every kid in this country having the opportunity to play sports and develop habits of physical activity for their lifetime.Tom Farrey, executive director of Aspen’s Sports & Society