It doesn’t matter what country, state, city, or town you live in, there are youth basketball fans everywhere that would love the opportunity to learn the game themselves. As a community, it’s our job to come together to ensure our youth are given the opportunities in basketball they need.
The truth is, youth basketball does a lot for the kids, parents, and community as a whole. When we neglect the power of youth basketball and youth sports in general, we are doing the children a disservice. After all, they are the future, aren’t they?
Some communities take great pride in their youth basketball programs, but there are still communities all around the world that can focus more attention on it. All it takes is one parent, one teacher, one coach, or even one youth player to stand up and take action.
Whether it’s putting together a youth basketball tournament, a pickup game, a minicamp, leagues, any type of basketball event you can think of. When we use basketball to bring the community together, it will return a lasting effect on the community as a whole.
Youth basketball will teach our children healthy habits that they will utilize throughout their lives. We’ve all gone through physical ed classes in school and while they present an opportunity to get active, it’s barely enough for a daily dose of it.
When your community takes youth basketball seriously, so do the youth. They will start to enjoy the physical activity it provides and it will be a part of their day they look forward to. When they’re focused on basketball, it takes them away from the various other activities they could be involved in — video games, TV, gang activity, drugs, and much more.
Teamwork and unity is something best learned in our younger days, as it will get more and more difficult to learn the older we get. Playing basketball with a diverse group of children will teach our youth how to work together as a team to achieve a common goal. It’ll teach them to set aside their differences and focus on what matters most — having fun.
Adding in the concept of competition will also teach them that not everything will come easy in their life. They’ll have to face challenges, they’ll have to face defeat, and they’ll have to learn to continue moving forward if they want to overcome it.
Youth basketball isn’t something that will only resonate with the youth, it’s something the community will benefit from as well. In order to give our children what they need to succeed, we have to work together as a community.
We all have an opportunity to teach them that while basketball is fun, it’s much more than that. It’s a chance to show other communities that there’s a lot to embrace about youth basketball and youth sports.
Trust us, it only takes one person to stand up. If you’re looking for ways to strengthen and improve the youth basketball community in your neighborhood, we have the tools to help. Check out The Basketball Hub to learn more!