Research shows that active children go on to live happier, healthier and more successful lives, according to Project Play. Sports and recreation activities offer youth opportunities to develop self-esteem, have leadership opportunities, and build strong relationships through teamwork.
Sports, Recreation and Wellness includes a variety of year-round program options—from nature camps and outdoor adventures to active games that promote social-emotional learning as part of afterschool programs to yoga to a wide variety of sporting choices.
“Kids thrive when they are active and healthy,” says Sara Plachta Elliott, Ph.D., executive director of the Youth Development Resource Center. “Afterschool is a great time for youth to explore different sports and to learn about healthy living. Sports should promote inclusion and participation. Great sports and rec programs offer youth a caring, trained coach who encourages them to persevere despite set-backs.”
Discover Your Spark brings together a host of affordable options to help parents find the right fit with programs operating across the tri-county area. Many local parks and rec departments offer additional options. Parents can also consider more comprehensive programs, such as the YMCA or Boys & Girls Club camps, which offer a variety of activities that include an active or sport element.
What to look for
- Check your local recreation department, library or city park for options
- Extra fees for sport equipment–ask about financial support
- Programs with meals included (listed in our program descriptions)