Friday, 14 August 2009 00:00
For many children in the Carle Place area, the arrival of the back-to-school season means they’ll soon be hitting the field as well as hitting the books. But, for those students currently not involved in a fall sport, Play It Again Sports of Carle Place is offering compelling reasons for why they should become engaged.
“Everyone knows that regular exercise and activity is good for a child’s physical development, but of equal importance are the mental benefits that can be reaped from sports participation as well,” said David Jose of Play It Again Sports of Carle Place, which buys and sells quality used sports and fitness equipment. “As children adjust to the academic challenges of a new grade level, involvement in an organized sport can stimulate their brains and boost self-esteem.”
According to Team-Up for Youth, an organization dedicated to strengthening youth and communities through the power of sports, children who participate in sports have better academic outcomes in the classroom. For example, adolescents who engage in moderate physical activity five or more times a week are more likely to achieve an “A” in math and science than their peers. Furthermore, sports participation has been associated with lower dropout rates among high school students.
“Considering the links that have been made between performance on the field and performance in the classroom, we encourage parents in the Carle Place area to enroll their children in after-school sports,” said Jose. “Even if you have tried in the past or feel that your child may not be athletically inclined, the beginning of this school year is an ideal time to tackle something new.”
With sports options such as soccer, lacrosse, field hockey and football, Jose notes that the fall season offers a variety of activities suited for both genders and a wide range of ages. For those students looking for more of an individual pursuit, wrestling and cross country are worthwhile considerations.
“Finding the sport that’s best suited for your son or daughter may take several tries, but what’s most important is that the child enjoys the activity and the sense of friendly competition,” added Jose. “If participation is viewed as a positive experience, then the child will begin to develop confidence in his or her abilities, which will motivate him or her to better respond to challenges in the classroom.”
Jose does acknowledge that the process of trying out different sports can turn into an expensive endeavor for parents, since they are often required to purchase different gear for each sport. But, Jose notes that at Play It Again Sports of Carle Place, used gear that is in good condition can be traded in for new merchandise and equipment.
“As children switch between sports and outgrow their gear, parents may find themselves with an attic or a garage filled with perfectly good but unused equipment,” said Jose. “At Play It Again Sports of Carle Place those items can act as cash when they are traded in for new or gently-used merchandise. That way, helping your child find his or her sports niche doesn’t have to break your bank.”
For more information about Play It Again Sports of Carle Place, call 873-8874.