Posts Tagged ‘recreation center’

The children should not be the ones getting punished.

Monday, October 28th, 2013

Getting involved in a recreational sport or league especially at a young age is always fun and exciting. Getting children involved in sports helps them learn how to be team players, how to socially interact with other children and helps them build confidence. However, being on these teams come with fees for their equipment and other expenses. Is it right to strip the child of being on a team sport because some families are not able to afford it.

Sondra’s children are the ones being most affected by the decision to not allow them to play because they are losing the opportunity to learn and grow. I believe this decision is about what is most efficient for the company rather than thinking of another way to help the children. It is known that there is no financial support for parents such as Sondra with a limited family income. I could learn more about options available for her but I do not believe there is enough evidence to make a decision.

I believe some children have a higher stake in the outcome because a sports team helps keep them mentally and physically stimulated and focusing their energy on a goal to help the team succeed. Learning this at a small age can be beneficial as they grow older. Some options I came up with is the children can do community service around the recreation center to help pay off their fees or they could host a fundraiser. Either way the child is learning how to raise the fees themselves and it leaves them in control of what they want.

This could approached by the utilitarian approach because if children can work off their fees to the recreation center then they could essentially almost get “unpaid” labor. Fundraising is also an excellent choice to make if the rec center has more than one family who needs help financially being able to pay for the fees. I believe this is the best approach because kids learn how to work and earn something as suppose to it just being handed to them. If this were to be sought out then the children would need adult supervision the entire time, so nothing happens to them.

 

More Exercise or More $$$$?

Sunday, October 27th, 2013

The situation for Sondra paying US$125 for her two children to play in a youth baseball league is financially troublesome for her.  Once she realized this was not fitting her budget she spoke with the director of the recreation center.  He told her that because of the current budget cuts they were unable to assist her with the fees and that playing sports was a privilege, not a right.  Without the financial help from the recreation center it seems as though Sondra’s children will be unable to participate in the youth baseball league.  Does it seem ethically right to offer youth sports to people who are financially capable or should the people with issues be provided with help? Simple, it should be attacked like college by offering the financial aid approach for people with those needs.

Unfortunately, the tough place that Sondra is put in financially is an issue that pertains to many families.

From the article Youth sports costing more time and money:

It is a reality that many parents are facing when it comes to their children playing sports. Want your child to get a college scholarship? Be prepared to ante up. Even if your child does excel at the game, there are only so many scholarships to go around. Playing competitive sports isn’t cheap. And there isn’t really any end in sight.

With entering two children into the recreation program, Sondra receives a US$25 discount.  Although this helps her out slightly, she is still having issues meeting the financial demands to enter her children into the program.

Since youth sport has become an issue for the budget of some families, some youth programs have applications families can fill out to find the financial assistance in paying for these sports. For example financial aid for Youth Sports YMCA is now provided. The YMCA site says:

Thanks to the United Way of the Midlands and the YMCA’s “Strong Kids Campaign,” financial assistance is available for those in need within our available resources.

This can be found at http://youth-sports.metroymca.org/membership/financial-aid/

By providing families with the option to apply for financial aid, it allows for them to be more capable of paying for their children to participate in youth sports.  If this can be done in more areas, then more children will be able to stay active in sports that they like to engage and participate in.