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September 6, 2009

Get your kids out there playing sports without a lot of money!

The other day a friend and I were walking through the mall and we past 2 little boys who were maybe 5 and 7 years old.  Both boys were well over 100lbs.  This of course sparked up a conversation between my friend and me.  Not about how much they weighted but about the fact that kids need to get out and be active.

Her argument was that not everyone can afford sport activities for their children.  And well I just laughed.  There are more the just organized sports out there that people can do and if you do want your child in an organized sport there are ways to do that too without putting out much money.  People just need to become creative.

If you do not want your child in organized sports why not try something different.  But you need to get them out.

  • Going out to the local park and playing on the playground 3 times a week.
  • Finding a local hike that you can do together.
  • Building snow forts, snowmen, etc in the winter months.
  • Go snow shoeing (Our local College and University rent these out for a small fee or you can pick up used ones in the Buy and Sell)

If you want your child to do a sport that in not competitive, maybe try a few of these.

  • Swimming lessons.
  • Horseback riding.
  • Kayaking.
  • Skiing.

And there are always the competitive sports.

  • Hockey
  • Soccer
  • Baseball
  • Basketball

I know a few of you are looking at this list and saying I cannot afford half of those sports.  But here is the thing.  No matter what your child wants to try or you want your child to try, there is a way that you can get them out there and trying it.

I am a single mom, so I know that sports can cost a lot and sometimes it seems like there is no way to pay for them no matter how many pennies you save. But trust me when I say “Where there is a will, there is ALWAYS a way.”

  • My local city has a “card” that families can apply for.  It is for low income families.  It will allow your child to get free/discounted swimming lessons, skating lessons or anything the city offers.
  • Our local Minor Hockey Organization provides “Bursaries” for families in need, so all children can have access to trying out this sport.
  • The local ski hill will give you a family season pass if you volunteer to work the ski hill or the concession stand.
  • Our local Baseball Organization would love for you to volunteer to sit at the bingo hall for them and you get $50 back/off your registration.

If you get out and show your kids how much fun they can have, they will become active and you do not need a lot of money to do it.  You just need to ask and I am sure you will find someone to help you out.

All I ask is if you have a child or children do not let money stop you from getting them out there and trying a sport that they may love.  They, and you, will feel so much better for doing it.

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