The research is clear: playing sports is good for kids. It enriches their lives in so many ways, not just physically, but mentally and emotionally as well.  Statistically we know things like grades, confidence, self-esteem and overall health are all likely to go up when kids participate in sports.  Anecdotally, we hear stories from people from all walks of life — athletes, coaches, CEO’s, doctors, teachers, parents — who credit youth sports for providing them with indispensable lessons and setting them up for success later in life.

So why do we continue to see a consistent decline in youth sports participation rates? And what can we do to help solve this epidemic?

While there isn’t one clear-cut solution, Good Sports knows that sporting equipment is a major need in schools and athletic programs around the country. We’ve made it our mission to give all kids the lifelong benefits of sport and physical activity by providing new equipment, apparel and footwear to help them get off the sidelines and into the game.

Please help us increase awareness on these challenges our kids face and what we can do about them by sharing our infographic and learn more about how you can get involved.

Benched - Why aren't more kids playing sports?

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