Skateboarding is much more than a sport. For kids that don't play team sports or kids that maybe prefer to be on their own schedule, skateboarding, scootering, BMX biking offers an outlet for creativity, exercise, self discipline, and a way to advance themselves at their own pace, with or without a coach or teammate.
By the age of 13, 70% of kids drop out of team sports according to the National Alliance for Sports. The reasons are diverse and complex, sometimes it’s due to injuries, pressure from coaches or getting bullied. Focus on competitive team sports overlooks the importance of free play in cognitive development. Unstructured physical activities, including skateboarding, allow kids to explore and develop skills in problem-solving and goal-setting. Organized team sports, on the other hand, tend to be adult-led and highly supervised, with goals set by others.
Skateboarding changes you in ways that you can't plan for and that most people will never know. When you fall and get back up, you spend hours, days and even months learning a new trick and you nail that trick, you have learned that you can accomplish anything. Skateboard culture is welcoming, warm, creative, and these kids work hard to accomplish their goals. Newbies, old heads, and seniors wanting to learn a great way to keep in shape are created equal at the skatepark. Skaters cheer each other on, they teach each other, they want to see each other succeed. Check out these Ted Talk and You Tube links for more information on how Skateboarding is so beneficial...
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