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Top Reasons Why Kids Should Play Sports

By Rebecca Thomas, Metro Parent, 01/11/19, 12:00PM CST

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“Kids need to get into programs where they can exercise their body and their minds.”

For kids looking for something to do after school, youth sports offer a variety of activities in short sessions. And there are plenty of reasons why kids should play sports – and even several different ones over time – during their school years. Joining a team flexes plenty of important muscles for kids. And we’re not talking just about exercise. Children learn valuable life lessons along the way, too.

Youth sports like soccer, basketball, football, cheerleading and baseball are just a few of the sports available to kids starting at age 3. Parents sometimes question why kids should play sports – but, according to youth sports leaders in metro Detroit, the benefits are numerous.