Why Can't My Kid Play Sports Just For The Fun Of It?
Huffington Post Sports - over 3 years
In a corner of the Billie Jean King Tennis Center, in the middle of the very competitive U.S. Open, there was one spot on Saturday where no one was keeping score. That would be over on Court No. 6, where, just steps away from where Rafael Nadal was scheduled to play, a gaggle of youngsters delighted in hitting the ball (or not), getting shots over the net (or just short), or even missing the court entirely and hitting home runs into the stands.
Though hosted by the USTA, this was less a demonstration of tennis than it was of the association’s new philosophy -- that it’s time to take the competition out of sports. Not on center court, of course, but on smaller stages, for kids like these, all under the age of 10. The initiative, announced at a press conference during the Open in Flushing Meadows, N.Y., this weekend, is designed to address the chilling statistic that this generation has a life expectancy that is five years lower than that of their parents. The reason -- childhood obesit
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