National Youth Sports Week July 20-24, 2020
While this has been a challenging year with many youth sports leagues and activities in play at limited capacity or canceled entirely, the good news is there are still plenty of ways kids can stay active and healthy.
Healthcare professionals agree that physical activity is critical for children’s physical, mental and social development. In fact, the World Health Organization recommends children and teens ages five to 17 engage in at least 60 minutes of moderate to rigorous movement every day.
Participation in sports helps young people learn how to set and meet goals, while also promoting a positive self-image, encouraging a healthy lifestyle and building character. Sports also teach valuable social and emotional skills, like communication, teamwork, perseverance, and self-efficacy and provide the joy of belonging to a community.
When access to team sports are limited and young people can't fully participate in the camaraderie of physical activities due to COVID-19, what can they do to stay healthy, active — and safe?
Through its Team Up for Kids mission, Boys & Girls Clubs of America and the Buffalo Wild Wings Foundation have created sports programming that enable young people to comply with safe social distancing and health guidelines. To ensure more kids have the chance to play sports, the Buffalo Wild Wings Foundation is donating 44,000 sports balls to Boys & Girls Club kids across the country to support this mission and inspire movement.
Here are three exercises to move and have a ball amid today’s new normal:
Basketball Toss Challenge: Enhance hand-eye coordination by scoring as many points as you can using sports balls or other round objects at home.
Football Throwing Drill: Improve strength and agility by throwing consistently and with purpose.
Catching drill: Perfect speed, agility and coordination all in one fun drill.
Now during National Youth Sports Week set activity goals and be your own champion, so when it's time, you'll be ready to highlight your new and improved skills among your sports community. Visit BGCA.org for more information.