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Did You Know? Youth Sports Help Promote Employment

It’s obvious that employers have certain skill-level expectations from their employees; however, it’s not all about experience. Employers often look for competitive, hard-working leaders and team players to fill their positions.

While specialized experience can be developed over time with training, many of these “soft skills” and personality traits cannot be taught, making them extremely important. Studies have shown that many of these assets can be learned through youth sports.

Ethics, attitude, and communication are all relevant both in sports and in the work place. Sports teams expose children to these ideas at a young age and allow them to develop the “soft skills” that are vital in the working world. 

For example, according to the Huffington Post, sports “foster social inclusion” and prevent anti-social behavior and domestic violence. Sports also promote school attendance and encourage citizenship. These key values teach young children how to interact appropriately with others and set goals for themselves both on and off the field.

Additionally, playing sports establishes a sense of confidence in young children. Their ability to learn and perfect new skills also influences the way that they perceive their strengths, weaknesses, and improvements.

Several groups have advocated for sports development and youth employment programs in areas all around the world, but some have been more successful than others.

Regardless, there’s no denying how much youth sports have to offer when it comes to entering the “real world.” What do you think – have you and/or children benefitted from their involvement in sports?

Kris Baker

Kris Baker is the President of Demosphere and has been serving the Youth Sports Community since 2006.