One.Hundred.Billion.Dollars…to play sports?

Sondra must pay at least 125 dollars for her two older children to be able to play baseball at their local recreational center. Although she isn’t in the best financial situation the recreational center will not give her any sort of assistance and it does not seem that her children will end up being able to play. Why should they not be able to play simply because they can not pay the fees? Is it ethically right to deprive children of the opportunity to play sport because their parents can’t afford it? I believe it’s not.

Youth sport has become a very expensive “opportunity” and is causing many people being put in a situation to choose one way or another.

http://www.cqnews.com.au/news/players-walk-over-fees-fee-rebate-incentive-to-vol/1290796/ 

This article shows examples of what people say about youth sport becoming too expensive such as:

“We had some people pull out of our team because they were already playing touch, which has got high fees as well, and they couldn’t justify paying both sets of fees.”

Although Sondra was offered some help because she had multiple children entering the program she was still unable to afford the fees and I believe that is not right, there are other options.

There are some recreational programs that now offer assistance such as scholarships for those who qualify. Fairfax County offers assistance for low income families who do not already receive help for sports.

The Fairfax County Department of Community and Recreation Services (CRS) provides registration fee scholarships and equipment voucher to help eligible youth participate in sports programs in Fairfax County. This scholarship program provides assistance to youths from low income families who are not currently being served by existing scholarship or fee waiver programs.

You can find this article and example of an application at:

http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/rec/team_sports/pdf/ysspform.pdf 

Children should all be given equal opportunity to play sports as it has many benefits such as leadership, teamwork, and commitment. No families should be turned away because of their financial situation.

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