Name: Donnell Hicks
Topic: The Significance of Recreational Sports for our Youth
With so much crime that is evident in society today, particularly in the urban inner cities in America, children are faced with major socioeconomic disenfranchisement such as high crime rates, drug infestation, broken homes, and violence within the public schools. One of the best ways a child/youth can combat those problems and their own personal struggles is to release the tension by taking up after school recreational sports like football, baseball, or join the cheerleading squad within their communities.
Children/youth that devote their time, effort, and their energy into playing after school sports have a less chance of engaging in crime and are less prone to emotional drama in their lives, given the fact they’re devoting all their emotions into something that will be useful to their lives in the long run. In return, it’ll make the child/youth a better young woman and a better young man in society opposed to becoming a child/youth who isn’t involved in after school sports and is on the decline and at risk for engaging in violent crimes which will lead to either one of two places: jail or dead in the grave.
When a child/youth is involved in after school recreational activities, they find themselves learning about their peers, cooperation and teamwork, self-discipline, and developing self-esteem for oneself. Being active in sports, a child/youth is aware they have two chances in life - either to take the right road to be a successful athlete or take the wrong road that will lead them astray.
Children/youth also become aware of their dreams as to what or who they want to be when they eventually grow up. For most afterschool sports programs, the only way a child/youth can remain an active participant is if their grades and behavior are satisfactory. The parents/coaches of these kids receive daily reports from the child/youth’s teachers relating to their behavior in the classroom or if they’re making an average grade to keep them on the right track. If they’re grades and behavior are not up to par, most likely they will be withdrawn from the program. More often than not, after school sports play an important role of keeping our youth on a straight narrow path from heading down the road of trouble. A child/youth must have guidance from other adults as role models - people whom they can look up to during their moment playing sports.
Many parents support their children in becoming involved in after school sports for the reason that the child has become inspired and wants to become a football player, basketball player or a baseball player; many children see this as their chance to make it to the big leagues in order to help out their family members who are struggling financially. For most African-American parents, they believe their child who participates in sports will become a child with a positive attitude towards their school work.
After school recreational sports play a big part in the lives of African-American children in the urban communities. The majority of top athletes like NBA stars Dwayne Wade, Lebron James, Derrick Rose, and Tyson Chandler including NFL stars like Ray Lewis, Warren Sapp, Michael Vick, and Cam Newton started out as young children who had an undying appreciation for playing sports and engaging in physical activity. Every star athlete from the NBA and NFL will explain if it wasn’t for the game of basketball and football they wouldn’t be around today given the harsh communities they grew up in. This is the precise reason after school sports are so very important to African-American children.