Benefits of Youth Sports
It's well known that participation in youth sports has profound effects on a child's development that echo into adulthood. Below you'll find a summary of research statistics surfaced in the 2018 Kids Sport Facts: The Aspen Institute Project Play which highlight the benefits of – and challenges in – youth sports today.
PHYSICALLY ACTIVE CHILDREN
less likely to
Up to 40%
higher test scores
smoking, drug use, pregnancy and risky sex
more likely to go
productive at work
risk of heart disease, stroke, cancer & diabetes.
Challenges in Youth Sports *
Families that can afford more, play more.
32% of parents from households making less than $50,000 a year told researchers that sports cost too much and make it difficult for their child to continue participating. That is compared to the 1 in 6 parents (16%) from households making $50,000 a year or more who said the same.
The 2016 Sports & Fitness Industry Association (SFIA) report found only 35% of kids ages 6 to 12 from homes with $25,000 or less in income played team sports, compared to 68% of kids from $100,000+ homes.
INCOME IMPACTS SPORT PARTICIPATION *
Percentage of core participants, by household income
Access is not equal.
KEY INDICATORS OF EARLY ACCESS *
Average age at entry into organized or team sports.
Age (years / months)
PARENT MARITAL STATUS
CHILD EXERCISE FREQUENCY
If you represent an organization that meets our guidelines and is in need of funding support, please submit your information below.
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Due to a high volume of requests, The Crumb Foundation is able to assist only a limited number of select organizations. We ask that you please review the following guidelines before applying for funding.
ASSISTANCE GUIDELINES AND ELIGIBILITY
- Must be a youth sports or athletic organization with non-profit status, focused on youth soccer, basketball, hockey, baseball or football (USA Only).
- Athletic opportunities in your organization are provided for all children, regardless of socioeconomic status, religious beliefs or ethnic backgrounds.
- Your athletic programs place an emphasis on character, teamwork, academic excellence and sportsmanship.
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