Youth sports are ordinarily a gathering place for millions of people at thousands of sites across the country. During this difficult time, the Aspen Institute’s Sports & Society Program is collecting information on how the outbreak is impacting youth sports, a focus of our Project Play initiative. We are compiling resources, developing reports, and producing webinars for parents, coaches, and leaders to respond to the situation. This page will be updated regularly with information gathered from public communication by sports organizations and direct outreach to leaders in our Project Play network.
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Saving for youth sports
Youth sports can be excellent character-building activities for children. They instill teamwork, communication, and discipline, which can pay dividends later in life. Along with physical benefits, kids engaged in sports develop cognitive skills such as improved concentration and classroom behavior.
That said, participating in these activities often comes at a price. Sports can cost as low as $191.34 for track and field to $2,582.74 for ice hockey. Our guide on saving for youth sports will help you learn the costs and plan for those expenses before they become untenable for your finances.