Have you ever stopped to think about the benefits of playing youth sports? I grew up playing sports, and so did my husband. Three of our kids play soccer, and our youngest will most likely follow in their footsteps.

Experts agree that organized, well-structured youth sports and on-going physical activities can provide many benefits for children and adolescents. Higher confidence, higher test scores and more self-esteem are just a few. Positive experiences that sports and an active lifestyle bring play an important role in a young person’s life, which carries on to their adulthood.

When I first heard about the Community Youth Camp here in Columbus, I immediately wanted to help spread the word.

This local organization, The Greater Columbus Sports Foundation Community Youth Camp is an equitable opportunity for kids to children (ages 6-12) to learn 16 different sports over four days. Professional, college, high school and certified coaches will work hard to make the fundamentals fun and help these young ones build upon that confidence and life skills they need.

This organization knows that not every kid will play organized sports, but during this camp every kid will get the chance! From soccer to cycling to yoga, Community Youth Camp makes sports accessible and easy. Lessons of responsibility and personal wellness shouldn’t come at a cost and that’s why for those who need it… they share the ball.

Campers have two chances this summer: June 6-9 at Berliner Athletic Complex and June 21-24 at KIPP Columbus. Lunch and equipment is provided.

For more information and how to register, log on to their website: Community Youth Camp