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Much More Than Being Active

When kids play a sport, they are learning many life lessons. And team sports offer an additional set of benefits. Some of those benefits appear below.  

We also think you will be interested in the ESPN research below with women who are in executive positions. Sports prepares people to be leaders and, most importantly, successful in the business world.

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The Tremendous Benefits Of Sports

While we know the physical benefits of playing sports or being physically active, there are many other benefits of playing sports:

  • Build character and social skills like teamwork, cooperation and leadership
  • Develop higher self esteem and body image
  • Ability to handle winning and losing while being a good sport
  • Helps children develop discipline
  • You learn to set goals & then work to achieve those goals
  • Statistics show that children who are involved in sports while in high school are more likely to experience academic success and graduate from high school
  • You develop basic motor skills needed in your day-to-day life
  • Sport, in a nutshell, can prepare a child…for life!

Female Executives Say Sports Accelerates Career

When you see a top female executive, we bet she grew up playing sports! And, research supports that theory.

While we can see the physical benefits, participating in sports has many other benefits. In a 2014 study by the Women's Athlete Business Network and ESPN W, 94% of the respondents had participated in sports

Female Execs

and close to three-quarters (74%) agreed that a background in sports can help accelerate a woman's leadership and career potential. Close to two-thirds (61%) said that past sporting involvement has contributed to their current career success and that a background in sports had a positive influence on their own hiring decisions, with more than two-thirds (67%) highlighting a background in sport as a positive influence on their decision to hire a candidate.

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