Parents should encourage their kids to play sports

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Reflecting on my high school years, I would have to say that my biggest regret was not playing a sport. I often find myself wishing that my parents had pushed me and encouraged me to stay in some type of sport.

Many of my friends have benefited largely from participating in organized sports as an extracurricular. Playing a sport in high school has many advantages that can not only increase a student’s chances of getting into college, but can also improve student health and productivity.

Reflecting on my high school years, I would have to say that my biggest regret was not playing a sport. I often find myself wishing that my parents had pushed me and encouraged me to stay in some type of sport.

Many of my friends have benefited largely from participating in organized sports as an extracurricular. Playing a sport in high school has many advantages that can not only increase a student’s chances of getting into college, but can also improve student health and productivity.

Many of my friends who have played sports for consecutive years at the high school level have not only been successful in job searches, but also in college acceptances. Many colleges look favorably upon those who have dedicated much of their after school hours to sports, going as far as to offer scholarships and full rides to exceptional athletes. These opportunities arise for all kinds of sports, from football to golf.

Aside from the benefits in applying for college, the health benefits are plain to see. Most of the sports at my high school have frequent and intense practices, as any sports team would have, to ensure that the athletes are at peak physical performance at game time. Many of those who play sports live healthy and productive and say that they are happy with the fitness results they see.

The responsibility of playing a high school sport carries over into student productivity and time budgeting. Because of the busy and full schedules that many athletes have, they must prioritize and manage their time effectively in order to stay on top of their school lives and social lives. While some find this aspect to be very stressful, others say that their busy schedules make them better students and even that the practices carry over into their college lives.

As the benefits to high school sports are so apparent, parents should encourage their children to participate in sports early on in their education so that they begin to not only harness their skill as an athlete, but also as a student.

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