Our Children Need to be Active
The passion for a youth sports program began in 2012, where LaQuisha formed a non profit youth organization for football players and cheerleaders. The focus of the program was kids ages 6 – 13. Collecting fees to participate was not important. The goal was to give back to the community by ensuring our children were active, not bound to the house and were involved with positive, physical activities after school.
Benefits of Youth Sports
According to health.gov, research shows that participating in youth sports can lead to immediate and long-term benefits for youth, their families, and communities.
Mental, Emotional, and Social Health
73% of parents believe that sports benefit their child’s mental health. Participating in sports is associated with:
- Lower rates of anxiety, depression, and stress
- Higher self-esteem and confidence
- Reduced risk of suicide and substance abuse
- Increased cognitive performance and creativity
- Greater enjoyment of all forms of physical activity
- Improved psychological and emotional well-being for individuals with disabilities
88% of parents believe that sports benefit their child’s physical health. Participation is one way for youth to get the physical activity they need to be fit and healthy. While developing good, healthy habits that last a lifetime. Participating in physical activity is associated with:
- Improved bone health, weight status, cardio-respiratory, cardiovascular and muscular fitness
- Reduced risk of cancer and diabetes
- Decreased body fat percentage
- Increased physical activity levels and quality of life
The Heart to Keep Giving
By understanding the importance for adolescent physical activity, she influenced many other nonprofit organizations. Today, these programs continue to rely on community involvement, volunteers and donations to keep the engine going. They all have a common vision and the passion for saving our youth and understand they are our future.