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NEW EVIDENCE: COST IS AN OBSTACLE TO PLAYING SPORTS

NEW EVIDENCE: COST IS AN OBSTACLE TO PLAYING SPORTS

IT IS TIME TO PASS THE PHIT ACT - WILL HELP REDUCE THE COST OF PHYSICAL ACTIVITY

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SILVER SPRING, MD – September 29, 2015 – The cost to play sports has become much more expensive. ‘Pay-to-play’ fees, registration fees, equipment costs and even travel costs have gone up which has made playing sports cost prohibitive for many families. These facts are revealed in two recent articles and accompanying research from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and in a recent edition of Washington Monthly.

A recent National Public Radio (NPR) story explained the challenges that are facing many parents in the U.S. who are trying to make ends meet, while giving their children the chance to lead a healthy lifestyle and play sports.  Within this article, research from Robert Wood Johnson Foundation indicates the financial pinch is being felt by single parents and low-income adults when it comes to getting their children to play or participate in sports.

In another article in Washington Monthly, Swing and Miss: What Does The Rising Cost of Extracurricular Activities Mean For Poor Kids, there are strong comments from parents of how cost is a major issue.  Here is a quote from this article. “Students like Jizari (one of the students) are increasingly getting priced out of specialized camps and pay-to-play programs, which require families to pay user fees so their kids can participate.”

New Pass The PHIT Act

Help may be on the way through the PHIT Act and the PassThePHITAct.org campaign.  The PHIT Act would change current federal tax law to include physical activity as a medical expense as a form of prevention.  This change would give consumers the option of using funds in pre-tax flexible spending and health savings accounts to pay for expenses related to sports, fitness and other physical activities. Americans could invest up to $2,000 annually to get reimbursed for sports, fitness and other physical activity costs.

“If passed, the PHIT Act would allow parents to get reimbursed for many of the costs associated with their children playing youth sports, such as league/team registration fees, sports camps & clinics, martial arts classes and required equipment.  What’s great about the PHIT Act is that the financial benefits will apply to adults, as well,” adds Bill Sells, Vice President of Governmental Relations for the Sports & Fitness Industry Association, which is part of the national coalition working to get Congress to pass the PHIT Act.

“The expenses such as health club memberships, fitness classes, green fees for golf, lift tickets for snow skiing, personal trainer costs, and registration fees for road races, triathlons, and marathons would be eligible for reimbursement through health savings and flexible spending accounts,” says Jim Baugh, Founder of PHIT America, which is part of a national coalition to get the PHIT Act passed through Congress.

You can help make the PHIT Act a reality. Just go to PassThePHITAct.org or click on the URL above and you will go to an ‘easy to use’ advocacy tool to contact Congress and ask them to support the PHIT Act. Share this article and URL with your friends, business associates, personal contacts and those who want to see the PHIT Act get passed.