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5 Reasons for Kid’s Organized Sports

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In the past 30 years, obesity has more than doubled in young children and quadrupled in adolescents, potentially leading to a host of chronic diseases later in life, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

Conversely, the CDC reports that regular physical activity provides a long list of physical benefits for children, but that’s not all. Daily exercise also promotes mental and emotional well-being that includes self-esteem.

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Danyel Surrency Jones and her business partner and husband, Darnell Jones, a former professional basketball player are o-founders of Powerhandz Inc., (, a company specializing in athletic training products to improve performance in baseball, basketball and football.

They feel kids in their community and beyond can benefit from the values learned from youth sports. That’s why they created the Power To Give program, which promotes positive development.

“We believe in the power of sports to change a kid’s life for the better,” says Darnell, who lists five significant benefits of youth sports.

  • Cultivates a positive attitude: Sports are demanding. Come game time, a young athlete wouldn’t last long with a negative mindset. “Practice is no cakewalk either,” Darnell says. “As adults, we understand the need to hype ourselves before hitting the gym. The rewarding feeling we get walking out from the gym is similar to what young people feel after a game or tough practice.”
  • Offers a sense of accomplishment, confidence and self-esteem: As the CDC noted, simply being physically active builds self-esteem. We are physical beings who are not meant to sit in front of a videogame for several consecutive hours. “Again, if you’re a physically active adult, you feel that sense of accomplishment in outdoing your last performance at the gym,” Danyel says. “Kids feel a similar way learning new skills and succeeding in a game, except more so.”
  • Builds better peer relationships: Kids want to fit in, but it’s not always easy. Organized sports hurdles the high wall of social awkwardness so many children feel. Team sports such as baseball, basketball and football demand participants to work together for a common goal, which is a valuable lesson some adults still haven’t learned while interacting at work.
  • More restraint in avoiding risky behavior: Ideally, parents can get their children engaged – in anything that’s productive, really. Bored or disengaged children have a way of getting into trouble. A student is less likely to misbehave in class or break the law if it means getting kicked off the team of a sport they love.
  • Greater family attachment and frequent interactions with parents: Famous athletes say it all the time, “Thanks Mom. Thanks for driving me to and from practice, and thanks for showing up at the games.” And that doesn’t even count helping a child with actual practice – playing catch, squaring off one-on-one, etc. 


Plainfield Park District
Prairie Activity & Recreation Center (PARC)
Celebrate the opening of the new Prairie Activity & Recreation Center (PARC) on January 1st! 40,000 Square Feet of Fun & Fitness! For more information, call (815) 436-8812, visit us at or follow us on social media for details about fitness memberships, all Park District events and classes taking place at PARC. Located at 24550 W. Renwick Rd., Plainfield.

Bartlett Park District
Splash Central Indoor Aquatic Center
Take a wild ride at Splash Central and experience a New Way to Play! Amenities include a six-lane, 25-yard, 3.5 to 12 foot depth lap pool, One meter diving board, a zero-depth entry activity pool ranging from zero to 3.5 foot depth, body slide, kiddie slide and water spray features. Available for year-round swim lessons, private rentals, group outings, birthday parties, fitness classes, special events and much more. Located in the Bartlett Community Center at 700 S. Bartlett Rd., Bartlett, IL 60103. For hours of operation and more information call 630.540.4800 or visit

Rock ‘n’ Kids!
Calling all toddlers to sing, dance and play the Rock ‘n’ Kids way! Tot Rock and Kid Rock are structured music and movement programs for children ages 1-5 that use a unique approach to music education! Since 1995, Rock ‘n’ Kids has been educating young children through imaginative play, sensory integration, fine and gross motor skills, and socialization. A variety of rhythm instruments and movement props are utilized and a new educational theme is implemented each session! Classes offered at park districts in the Chicago-land area. Mobile music and dance parties also available! … 847-961-6584.

Does your child have a disability? Don’t let that stop them from being an active kid! SEASPAR is a special recreation association offering therapeutic recreation programs for people of all ages with all disabilities in southeast DuPage and Cook Counties. Swim lessons, gymnastics, karate, wheelchair soccer, sensory programs, community trips, and Special Olympics training are just a few examples of how your child can play, learn, compete, and grow with SEASPAR. Visit or call 630.960.7600 for more information!

Great Lakes Volleyball Center
The GLCYA is accepting girls and boys ages 2-14 for the Great Lakes Center Youth Volleyball Academy Club Winter and Spring programs. All sessions focus on motor development and individual skill development by teaching both proper skill technique and introducing the young athlete to age appropriate game play as well for volleyball. We are also offering clinics over the holiday break (Dec. 28 – 30) for grades 8 – 12. The Great Lakes Volleyball Center is located at 579 N. Oakhurst Drive, Aurora, IL. 60502. For more info call 630-898-6400 or visit  FB: Great Lakes Center Youth Academy.

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