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A brief overview of recent global studies on the benefits of team sports and children. These include physical, emotional and social benefits. A description of how Hi-Five At Work uses these benefits ...

A brief overview of recent global studies on the benefits of team sports and children. These include physical, emotional and social benefits. A description of how Hi-Five At Work uses these benefits when designing their summer camp programs. These programs are provided as an employee work-life balance benefit - children of employees go to a sports summer camp provided to them at their work by their employers.

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    • © 2013 Hi-Five Sports Clubs, Inc. All Rights Reserved. www.hifiveatwork.com Page 1 White Paper BENEFITS OF TEAM SPORTS FOR CHILDREN An Overview Provided by Hi-Five™ At Work A Division of Hi-Five Sports Clubs, Inc.
    • © 2013 Hi-Five Sports Clubs, Inc. All Rights Reserved. www.hifiveatwork.com Page 2 Introduction, Benefits of Team Sports for Children There have been numerous studies on the impact of team sports and children. The physical benefits have been widely known and accepted. Children that are physically active on a regular basis have the benefits of better weight control, stronger muscles and bones and increased agility. But what is lesser known are the positive impacts of team sports for children emotionally and socially. The positive effects are numerous and span genders, age categories and incomes. All people seek to have a good sense of self-worth both internally through self image but also interactively with peers in groups. A sense of self-confidence reduces the anxiety of social situations which allows children to both expand and deepen their social relationships. This in term helps develop their sense of self-confidence. This virtuous cycle continually builds a healthy ego that insulates children from negative influences and drives them to accomplish more in life. Several studies in the last decade have focused on these emotional and social aspects of children and the impact that playing team sports has on them. Review of Studies - Team Sports and Children Physical Benefits In-depth studies have proven what Hi-Five has known from its two decades of providing youth sports programs. Physically active children are less likely to suffer from obesity, through better weight management, and physical diseases such as diabetes (1). The US Center for Disease Control has issued the following health statement relating to youth and physical activity, "Obese youth are at a higher risk for health problems like cardiovascular disease and Type 2 diabetes, not only during their youth, but on into adulthood." The CDC quotes research that states that 80% of children who are overweight between ages 10 to 15 will be obese as adults. Team sports is a fun way for children to be active. Young children who learn the various aspects of hand-eye coordination and balance while in motion, as well as, proper athletic form create kinesthetic muscle memory that benefit them their entire lives. Like
    • © 2013 Hi-Five Sports Clubs, Inc. All Rights Reserved. www.hifiveatwork.com Page 3 learning a second language, it is easier for very young children to learn coordination and proper movement than adolescents or adults. This makes it easier for these same children to use their bodies in coordinated and balanced ways throughout their lives. Team sports is an excellent way to achieve all these physical developmental outcomes (2). Emotional Benefits A comprehensive 2011 study found team sports had personal benefits including better emotional control, enjoying exploration, increased confidence, increased discipline and increased academic focus (3). Sports are found to significantly better health outcomes including higher healthy self-image. This stronger sense of self value tends to act as an emotional barrier to negative influencers and lowers risk of emotional distress, suicidal behavior and substance abuse (4). Given the trials and tribulations of our modern society, children need all the positive influence they can receive. Participating in team sports is an excellent way to do this. Social Benefits A comprehensive 2011 study of parents reported social benefits of team sports participation includes positive relationships with coaches, making new friends and developing teamwork and social skills (3). A 2010 study reported children participating in sports had higher social skill scores compared with children who didn't participate in any non-scholastic activities (5). Shyness is found to be reduced based on sport participation and plays a uniquely protective role for shy children greatly reducing social anxiety (6). Advanced socialization skills developed from team sports positively affect all social situations for children.
    • © 2013 Hi-Five Sports Clubs, Inc. All Rights Reserved. www.hifiveatwork.com Page 4 Hi-Five At Work's Use of Holistic Principles for Children Hi-Five At Work designs its sports camp curriculums, team-building and activities using a holistic model to child development. The camp strives to promote healthy bodies, positive emotional states and constructive social interaction. It wants children to feel welcomed, safe, rewarded through their individual contributions to groups and experience a positive sense of team and teamwork. A Hi-Five sports camp seeks to give broad exposure of many sports to every child. The model is similar to a general arts major in college. You get to try many "classes" finally settling in on the sport that a child connects with personally. They then choose to "major" in that sport and will later find performance sports programs to build on the fundamental skills they learned at the Hi-Five sports camp. Hi-Five uses several philosophical tools as cornerstones to achieve these outcomes. Having Fun Hi-Five prides itself on being a sports program with a sense of humor. Hi-Five provides sports programs that are structured and staffed by experts in individual sports but the focus is on teamwork, good efforts and the joy of the game. Activities are structured to be fun, cooperative and memorable like tie-dyes, recreation outings, Hi-Five Idol, Goofy Olympics, crazy relay contests, giant inflatable play centers and water wars. The programs often make fun twists on the sports like using a tennis racket instead of a bat and changing up traditional games in entertaining ways. Games can be played in costumes or face paint. Every camper is given optional activities time in which they get to choose the sport they want to play and mix up teams, ages and grades. This allows a camper to have time to tailor part of the camp day to what they'd like to do. Character Counts Hi-Five believes children should compete in team sports with some teams winning and some teams losing based on scores. But Hi-Five teaches the values of good sportsmanship, the value of trying, the increased achievement through repetition and the value to groups of individual contributions. The Value of Teams
    • © 2013 Hi-Five Sports Clubs, Inc. All Rights Reserved. www.hifiveatwork.com Page 5 Hi-Five structures summer camp so children are in age groups and then consistently playing on teams with the same children. They are guided by age group leaders and have counselor/coaches facilitating safe and fun activities. The teams have team names, flags/banners, their own mottos and their own cheers. Those teams play against other teams in a rotation of team sports. This allows diversity of experience and each team member to shine with the sports they are most interested in. The camp also works on team building and facilitating interpersonal interaction between teams, amongst entire age groups and with the entire camp. Each week certain campers are individually rewarded for good sportsmanship and camp spirit. This emphasizes character over winning. How Can Hi-Five At Work Help Children in Your Life? Hi-Five At Work is a provider of summer camps to the children of employee's as a Work-Life Balance employee assistance program. Hi-Five works with companies as a complete outsource partner to provide a summer sports camp on the grounds owned by companies that runs during standard work hours. With over 20 years of experience in 16 different cities, Hi-Five is an expert in its field. Hi-Five is happy to work directly with companies or with human resource service firms to provide its programs within the United States. We invite you to learn more about our programs at http://www.hifiveatwork.com/, email info@hifiveatwork.com, or call 1-800-985-0565 ext 2. Employee Benefits for Summer Sports Camps A sports summer camp provided on an employer's grounds greatly simplifies summer scheduling for parents. It allows more time by parents to be spent with children. It also allows employees to focus on work which reduces stress. Employer Benefits for Summer Sports Camps A sports summer camp provided by employers helps companies to recruit and retain employees. It helps to boost productivity while in the office. It also cuts down on absenteeism.
    • © 2013 Hi-Five Sports Clubs, Inc. All Rights Reserved. www.hifiveatwork.com Page 6 Source References (1) Center for Disease Control (CDC). Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance—United States, 2011. MMWR 2012;61(SS-4). (2) Lee, M: Coaching Children in Sport: Principles and Practice. Routledge 2002. (3) Holt N, Kingsley B, Tink L, Scherer J: Benefits and challenges associated with sport participation by children and parents from low-income families. Psychol Sport Exerc 2011, 12:490-499. (4) Harrison P: Differences in behavior, psychological factors, and environmental factors associated with participation in school sports and other activities. J School Health 2003, 73(3):113-120. (5) Linver M, Roth J, Brooks-Gunn J: Patterns of adolescents' participation in organized activities. Dev Psychol 2009, 45(2):354-367. (6) Findlay L, Coplan R: Come out and play: Shyness in childhood and the benefits of organized sports participation. Can J Behav Sci 2008, 40(3):153-161.