5 Reasons Kids Should Play Sports... and a fantastic contest from Under Armour

Like many moms, my free time and disposable income are totally consumed by my boys' athletic endeavors. Our schedule can sometimes be overwhelming, but I truly believe that sports can be a very important part of childhood. Being involved in sports has been fun for my boys, and it has made them confident and nurtured their competitive spirit. Today, I am sharing 5 reasons why kids should play sports.

Whether they play pick up games with the neighborhood kids or they get involved with competitive sports teams, kids can benefit greatly from getting active and playing sports during their childhood. Based on my experience with my boys (7, 9, and 11), here are 5 reasons that I believe children should play sports:

1) They learn to lose. Playing sports teaches children the joy of winning and the agony of defeat. Life is full of wins and loses and hits and misses, and sports provide a wonderful opportunity to learn to do both with grace at an early age.

2) They learn about discipline, leadership, and work ethic. Sports teach children about working hard, commitment, planning and setting goals. These skills will serve them well in their athletic endeavors, in their schoolwork, and in their adult careers.

3) They make friends, gain confidence and learn about working as a team. Strong bonds form between coaches and teammates, and these friendships can last a lifetime. Also, the self-esteem boost gained from being an athlete helps children to be confident, and this confidence helps them build positive relationships with their peers.

4) They learn to live a healthy and active lifestyle. Playing sports encourages children to eat well and stay active. These habits formed in childhood will likely stay with children as they move into adulthood.

5) They have FUN!

Are your kids into being active and having fun? Under Armour and Sport Chek are looking for the NEXT generation of Canadian Under Armour athletes. Boys and girls between the ages of 7 and 12 are eligible to compete for their spot on TEAM UA NEXT. To enter, parents need to submit videos (via www.teamuanext.ca) of their kids participating in sports. Fun, right?

Seriously… go to the website NOW and enter your sporty kid for a chance to win. Who doesn't want free quality gear for a year?

Good luck!

Gina (aka East Coast Mommy)

*Disclosure: I received compensation as part of my affiliation with Under Armour and Sport Chek .... however (as always) the opinions on this blog are 100% my own... and my love for encouraging my boys to be active is real. I also genuinely love Under Armour clothes for my boys, and I only ever promote products that my boys and I like and believe in.

For more information on TEAM UA NEXT Canada powered by Sport Check, visit TeamUAnext.ca. Also check out @sportchek on Twitter and Instagram using #TAKEYOURSPOT and #UANEXTCANADA.


  1. Hello
    Sport is really important for the health and the soul!
    Lovely kids!

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