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More local youth sports needed

January 20, 2009

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Editor's note: Today's letters to the editor are from Southwest Junior High students learning about persuasive writing.

To the editor:

Have you or your kids ever seemed tired or crabby, lazy or overweight, well everyone can feel like this, but what can you do? Exercise is the answer. Kids start making life choices early in life that influence them in the long run. Many adults say they’re over-weight because they weren’t offered the variety of sports schools offer today. Lawrence offers baseball, softball, basketball, football, soccer, swimming, volleyball but the sports aren’t as competitive as some people would like or they are too expensive.

According to the Mayo Clinic, obesity becomes less common when kids are involved in sports because of all the calories kids burn. Also, the Women’s Sports Foundation claims that girls that play sports have more confidence and better test scores. These facts influence school work.

In addition, the Mayo Clinic says that sports promote better sleep due to the body’s natural drop in temperature about 5-6 hours after exercising so kids get to sleep faster. The better sleep could help children pay attention in class. The Mayo Clinic also states that sports help your mood because it stimulates various brain cells that make you happier. This again contributes to school. When kids are crabby, they act up in class and disturb the work of others.

Think about it. If we added more sports to Lawrence, children would be happier, less tired and achieve more in school. So, please think about this and help bring more sports to Lawrence.

Meredith Morris,

Southwest Junior High

Comments

wxjunkie 5 years, 2 months ago

The more sports offered increases the number of kids likely to participate, no? http://www.courier-journal.com/blogs/poore/blog.html

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parrotuya 5 years, 3 months ago

Exercise is great for everyone. And the points you make are generally valid. But "sports" usually implies organized, competitive sports. Not everyone qualifies to play in these leagues. Maybe a comprehensive "sports and fitness" program to include competition, intra-murals and fitness classes is what you mean? That way, everyone benefits and no one is left out.

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gr 5 years, 3 months ago

"Many adults say they’re over-weight because they weren’t offered the variety of sports schools offer today."This needs some more support. Are there more adults over-weight than kids which have a "variety of sports"? If kids are just as over-weight, or more so, then would your whole argument base fall apart?"In addition, the Mayo Clinic says that sports promote better sleep due to the body’s natural drop in temperature about 5-6 hours after exercising so kids get to sleep faster."Meredith, do you see a switch here: sports with exercise.What type of "more sports" are you suggesting?Before promoting sports, maybe further research is needed. Have you considered comparison other impacts of participation in sports? Permanent injuries and aggression are two which come to mind quickly. Also, by associating sports with exercise, what happens as people get older and are no longer able to compete in sports? Since the promotion all along has been "fun", would they no longer see a need to exercise for "health"? Do "sports" influence them in the long run in a negative way rather than exercising for the long term goal of health - whether fun or not?Do you really think the lack of "variety" of sports in their younger years is really why adults are obese today?You speak of expense, but yet want more "variety". Are you one who subscribes to the idea of everyone paying for the benefit of the few? Otherwise, if everyone participated, the cost would be the same.

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