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We are excited to share this post from our guest blogger, Sara Preston, a sophomore at Arizona State University.
Self-discipline, determination, teamwork and good sportsmanship are only a few of the valuable life skills that can be taught through sports. i9 Sports focuses on teaching kids these character traits as they stress in their mission statement, “To Help Kids Succeed in Life Through Sports”.
“Our mission statement is huge for me because I participated in sports growing up and they played a major role in my development as a person,” program director Aaron Abrams said. “The kids are learning so many life skills through sports that will hopefully, in the long run, strengthen our communities.”
The i9 Sports organization’s goal is to put the fun back into youth sports. Research has shown that the number one reason children quit their sport is because they simply stop enjoying it. i9 Sports provides age appropriate instruction so kids learn how to play the game while having fun. There are no tryouts or drafts and players get a chance to try different positions to see what they like best.
Although the concept of winning and keeping score is part of the i9 Sports Experience, it isn’t the only focus.
“Our organization is built on strong values and creating a strong atmosphere of sportsmanship,” program director Anton Zimanek said. “We teach values that are more important than winning. We want kids involved in our program to learn the values of sports that other programs don’t focus on.”
The i9 Sports Experience is unique because it offers families an experience that’s not only fun, but convenient for parents.
“Our programs are held once per week which is a huge convenience and added bonus for busy, working class parents,” Abrams said.
Both practices and games are only held one day per week instead of having multiple days of the week that the parents and children have to commit to. This helps attract families since it makes it easier on them.
i9 Sports believes that participating in a sport must be about more than the rules of the game, who plays what position, and the final score.
“When youth of today have a positive interaction with sports they learn what it means to be a part of something bigger, something more than themselves, and small parts of a group can achieve great things,” Zimanek said.
i9 Sports offers youth sports leagues, camps and clinics for boys and girls ages 3 to 14. They offer different ranges of sports including their four core sports: flag football, soccer, basketball and baseball.
“This organization is affordable, convenient and FUN,” Abrams said. “It’s a developmental program in a family-like atmosphere.”
About Our Guest Blogger:
My name is Sara Preston. I was born and raised in Southern California, but currently reside in Tempe, Arizona. I am currently sophomore at Arizona State University studying Sports Journalism in the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. I hope to use this degree to obtain a career with a professional sports team working within the social media department. At Arizona State University, I am also an active member of the fraternity Kappa Kappa Gamma. I have been a part of the Public Relations committee as well as the Special Events committee during my two years as a member.