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Catherine Holecko

Costs keep some kids out of sports

By May 18, 2012

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Having just received notice of the fee for my daughter's skating team next year, I am very familiar with this issue: Kids' sports are expensive, and not just for private leagues or clubs. Results from a recent C.S. Mott Children's Hospital National Poll on Children's Health show that 61% of kids who participate in school sports must pay a fee (independent of transportation and equipment costs) to play. Only 6% were able to have fees waived.

As might be expected, only about one-third of kids from lower-income families participated in sports, while more than half of kids with higher-income parents played sports. Results are based on a representative sample of parents of kids ages 12 to 17.

Overall, the poll found, participating in sports costs parents almost $400 per child, of which an average of $93 went to school fees. Read more about saving money on youth sports, and let me know if you have cost-saving suggestions to add.

May 20, 2012 at 11:10 pm
(1) Maxine Kagan says:

I recently bought a fitness product
for both my husband and I, which we both love. What’s even better is that my two children have developed interest in it as well. It’s easy enough to be used by children (probably around 12 and over) but effective for everyone.

May 21, 2012 at 2:52 pm
(2) PlaySmart says:

Great note. Similarly, low-income families often cannot afford to send their children to summer sports camps either. One suggestion to keep kids active over the summer is to look into the PlaySmart Academy program. PlaySmart brings free 1-2 week camps to low-income middle schoolers in Tampa, Denver, Omaha and Oklahoma City, with clinics in Rye, NYC, Newark and Baltimore. Learn more at PlaySmart’s website and PlaySmart’s Causes page.

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