Help Your Children Through Their Stressful Teen Years

Remember when you were 13 years old? If you were like most children, you went from not having a care in the world one day to facing relentless peer pressure at school the next.

It’s a time in life when children experience a lot of stress and anxiety. And unfortunately, for some children, it can lead to depression and hopelessness.

But there is hope! And it comes from participating in high school sports. Research shows participation in a team sport and athletic identity are associated with lower depression scores. Student-athletes benefit from higher self-esteem, less stress, more social support and a greater sense of accomplishment, all of which help stave off depression.

Start talking to your children now about participating in high school sports. Their journey toward adulthood may still be a rollercoaster of highs and lows, but playing sports will help smooth out the bumpy ride.

You’ve seen and heard what others have to say. Now… what do YOU like most about participating in high school sports and activities? Would you recommend playing high school sports to kids in middle school? If so, why?

Submit your video using the hashtag #MyReasonWhy, and we will repost our favorites!! And by the way, feel free to be as expressive, passionate and creative as you’d like.

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Help us tell the story about the value of participating in high school sports & activities.