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Facts: Sports Activity and Children

The Aspen Institute Project Play: Reimagining Youth Sports in America

In the United States, sports are widely recognized as a tool of child development and health promotion, with 75% of parents of children in middle or high school saying they encourage participation (National Public Radio/Harvard University/Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, 2015). However, many youth opt out or are left out. Most do not enjoy a sustained experience or play on a basis consistent with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s recommended five days of physical activity per week.

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