Students participating in team sports have to learn to work as a team, consistently maintain good grades to stay in their sport of choice, and keep a healthy lifestyle for strength and endurance. In some rural or lower income places, though, funds don't always allow for sports to be offered in schools and communities. Donations by individuals and corporations play a huge role in helping communities provide youth sports programs, such as soccer, football, basketball, and wrestling. It also helps children realize their dreams of playing a team sport, when otherwise they wouldn't be able to.
There are many places where donations of sports gear have already impacted small communities for the better. In Burlington, ON, Canada, there is an event that collects hockey gear, lacrosse equipment, jerseys, and other sports donations to help the small communities nearby. Broadwayworld.org did an article about 24 Hour Fitness donating $9500 worth of sports equipment to the Boys and Girls Club of Oceanside. The generous donation will help around 1500 children enjoy the many benefits of participating in sports. In addition, many large sports retail companies donate to small community youth sports programs.The United States Department of Health and Human Services recommends a daily physical exercise amount of at least 60 minutes for children. Those who lead sedentary lifestyles because of lack of funding can be encouraged to join sports, with the help of donations. Youth sports is the easiest way to make sure that children achieve the goal of 60 minutes. Those who meet that level of activity reap many benefits, including a likelihood of creating a lifetime of healthy habits. Donations to schools, programs, and individual students helps those less fortunate participate in sports activities that other children in larger communities have access to.