The youth movement is much younger than it is now.


The youth movement is much younger than it is now.

You could say that matt ray, 36, works in paradise — working on barrier island off the southern coast of Florida. As the sports director of the ana maria island community center, ray is doing what he likes.

“I grew up loving sports,” he says. “I actually played college basketball for two years, so it was almost my life.”

Ray’s community center provides members with the opportunity to join teams like basketball, soccer, soccer, volleyball, and soccer, “sports that almost any adult or child wants to play,” he said.

There is a membership fee for joining the center, and the fees associated with other alliances. Because Ray works at the center, he and his children are free. But he said that without such economic help, he would not be as healthy as he is now, and that every child could not get $120 for eight seasons.

“Most of my money is used to pay bills and rent,” he said. “It’s not feasible.”

Across the United States, many parents feel the same.

In recent with the Robert wood Johnson foundation and the harvard school of public health conducted a poll, only 15% of low-income adults said they were in for sports. By contrast, 37% of high-income adults say they participate in sports.

And adults who earn less than their better-off parents are twice as likely to report sporting expenses.

Put pressure on club sports.

For example, Lenise White is a Baltimore mom who works full-time for 10 to 12 hours in a doctor’s office.

Her son timothy is now a teenager. He has been playing in the community league club since he was seven years old.

But the steep price – just to equip her growing sportsman – is not easy to hide.

“At the beginning of the year, if you had to buy a pad or a pair of pants, you would probably spend $200 to $250,” white said. Football shoes with skid spikes can easily run another $70. “If you have to buy shoulder pads, it could be $100 to $150,” she said.


It’s just a uniform. Travel. Timothy’s team is doing well – often playing in other countries in the playoffs and championship games. White has been driving the car all season.

Of course, she paid for the trip and was on her way home to eat with the hungry boys in the car.

“My son would say, ‘mom, can we stop and eat? I’m hungry. “And I know he’s hungry because he has spent so much energy in the game” – just like his teammates.

“So, although my pocket says, ‘I’m empty – I don’t have anything to take out,'” white said. “I have to spend all my money to help feed these other children.

Whites earn about $30, 000 a year, and say she often has to make tough choices, giving her son experience and opening new doors.

She said, “I am stingy. “I didn’t buy something for yourself, in order to ensure that my son can have what he needs – I know I will make him happy, and will give him a another perspective about the world around him, and one of the vehicles is football”.

White said her son’s years of practice with a good team helped him compete with other children because he entered second grade in high school and tried to represent the team.

Poorer children were shut down.

White has been able to do this for her son. In the 1960 s, however, a former university and professional football daryl Hill (Darryl Hill), said many parents cannot do this now, is now the Kids Play USA President of the Foundation, is committed to changing policies and practices, make the youth sports is so expensive.

Children who lack services are being “increasingly turned away” by the youth movement because of these expenses, hill said.

Many wealthy families now spend thousands of dollars to build their children’s athletic skills, he says – buy high-end equipment and pay for private lessons. Their children can compete in elite teams across the country.

“These games – field affairs – are now going to be the BBS that the college-level scouts and coaches expect, to evaluate the players,” hill said. As a result, the children who may need a scholarship will not be exposed for not being able to participate in these games. ”

Worse, he says, more children may benefit from the discipline of sport, love and exercise, and they are particularly vulnerable to peer influences – good or bad.

“So now you have an idle child, just standing in the corner and doing nothing,” hill said. “Especially in our inner city, what is it about? Suddenly, the family boy drove and said, ‘hey, we’re your family now, we’re your team – join us. ”

Now, as public schools become more financially stressed, even school groups often charge fees, hill said. Registration fees are sometimes subsidized, but not complete. More and more public schools depend on their parents to help pay for extra-curricular activities, including sports.

‘it’s quite remote from childhood in the 1950s,’ says Mr. Hill.

“In our generation, we have the freedom to play – the playground, the pick-up games we play on our own,” he said. “We had to come home from school every day, and if it was the baseball season, we would go to the sandpit and play baseball without adult supervision.

“There’s a league around, but it’s fun,” hill said. “we just play.” That’s not the case now. Despite all the elite teams and high-power youth leagues in the United States, he said, statistics show that many children have dropped out of school early – in droves – often because they can’t play.


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