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Sports America Kids Month – June 2024

The one-month-long Sports America Kids Month is celebrated in June every year. The goal of Sports America Kids Month is to promote an active and healthy lifestyle among children by encouraging them to take up a sport or any outdoor activity. The month also encourages parents and teachers to support children and their athletic ambitions. Sports America Kids Month teaches kids other important life skills such as teamwork, cooperation, and empathy. The month is celebrated with great enthusiasm at camps, schools, and even at home.

History of Sports America Kids Month

June is celebrated as Sports America Kids Month. Even though schools are out for summer, children are still encouraged to practice a healthy lifestyle; one that includes sports activities.

Playing sports is not simply a leisure activity but one that builds confidence, self-discipline, coordination, teamwork skills, and empathy. Apart from these, playing a sport also keeps children in the pink and helps strengthen their muscles and bones. Childhood obesity is a serious issue that plagues America and it has serious negative effects on a child’s health and well-being. Experts and doctors have often expressed concerns about the rising cases of childhood obesity in the country, and have declared that healthy eating and participating in sports is the only way to promote a healthy lifestyle in children.

Kids can be kept active with organized team activities and free play. It is especially easy to participate in outdoor activities in a summer month like June. Encourage children to take up fun activities like swimming, hiking, or camping. For kids who are interested in team sports, football, basketball, cricket, and baseball are good options. Remember that, first and foremost, children should have fun. Keep an eye out for injuries, sprains, and strains but as long as children are having fun and learning new skills, it is a success for Sports America Kids Month!

Sports America Kids Month timeline

The YMCA is Formed

The first Young Men’s Christian Association in the U.S. comes into being — it is a place where young men gather to play sports.

Basketball is Invented

One of the most popular sports among children in America, basketball is invented.

Little League Baseball is Created

Little League Baseball is one of the first children’s activities to become nationally organized in a competitive way.

The International Children’s Games is Founded

The International Children's Games is started with the aim to promote peace and friendship through sports among the world's children.

Sports America Kids Month FAQs

What is the most played sport for kids?

It starts with baseball and soccer, but as kids get older, basketball becomes more popular.

What percentage of kids play sports in America?

“71.8% of kids participated in a sporting activity at least once in 2018,” according to Statista.

What is the world's toughest sport?

The top three toughest sports, according to ESPN, are boxing, ice hockey, and football.

Sports America Kids Month Activities

  1. Play a sport with your child

    Sometimes children are unable to play an outdoor sport due to the lack of a companion. Team up with the children in your life to play a team sport.

  2. Enroll your child in a sports program

    If your child has expressed a desire to play a new sport, enroll them at your nearest sports club. Learning a new sport also encourages children to make friends and learn more about teamwork.

  3. Watch a sports movie together

    Some of our favorite movies are about sports and sportspeople. Ask your child to pick a sports movie that they enjoy and settle in for a movie night.

5 Facts About Sports That Will Blow Your Mind

  1. Architecture was part of the Olympics

    Believe it or not, from 1912 to 1948, architecture was an Olympic sport.

  2. A shuttlecock is quite heavy

    A shuttlecock might be tiny but, on average, they weigh between 17 and 19 ounces!

  3. Olympic gold medals aren’t real gold

    Olympic gold medals are actually made of sterling silver and haven’t been made of gold since 1912.

  4. Bowling is an ancient sport

    It is believed that the first game of bowling was played in 3200 B.C. in Egypt.

  5. London is a favorite Olympic venue

    London is the only city in the world that has hosted the Olympic games three times.

Why We Love Sports America Kids Month

  1. It promotes a healthy lifestyle

    We often get so busy we forget that our children should be encouraged to live a healthy lifestyle. Sports America Kids Month is a good time for them to start living an active lifestyle.

  2. Time to get outdoorsy

    The outdoors and nature make all of us happy. If you have been looking for a way to get your child to become more outdoorsy, Sports America Kids Month is the perfect time to do it!

  3. It develops life skills

    Like we mentioned before, sports also build important life skills like self-confidence, discipline, and empathy. It is important to encourage children to take up sports for their holistic development.

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