Parks and recreation provide youth with opportunities that promote increased physical activity; social interactions and friendships; and skill development, like teamwork and respect, through their sports programs. Adults agree that equitable access to youth sports opportunities is important. Parents and millennials feel particularly strong about youth having these types of opportunities.

Ninety-two percent of park and recreation agencies deliver team sports leagues for youth, while 58 percent of agencies offer individual sports leagues. Basketball, baseball/softball and soccer are the most popular sports offered at park and recreation agencies.

Key Findings:

  • Ninety-eight percent of U.S. adults agree that it is important to provide youth with equitable access to sports opportunities.
  • Eighty-six percent of millennials and parents agree that it is extremely or very important to provide youth with equitable access to sports opportunities.
  • Eighty-eight percent of parents with children between the ages of 13 and 17 agree that it is extremely or very important to provide youth with equitable access to sports opportunities.

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