Many sport camps and programs will improve your child’s skill level in a given sport, but not every program will also instil the desire to stay active for life. This is an important distinction, and one parents should bear in mind when selecting a sport program or camp for their child.
I was sitting on the first row of wooden bleachers in the small elementary school gym. It was 9 o’clock on a Saturday morning and my fifth-grade daughter, Gabriela (my oldest), was standing on the volleyball court about to play the first game of the season with her school team. It was her first volleyball game ever and the first competitive athletic event of her life.
There’s no disputing the value of children participating in organized sports. Sports help teach kids about physical fitness, develop important social and interpersonal skills, and teach them the value of hard work and persistence. And, with this summer showcasing the 2012 Olympics in London, there’s sure to be an increased interest in sports.
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