From time to time I wonder if Andre Agassi hadn’t been forced by his father to attend Nick Bollettieri’s Tennis Academy for the majority of his youth, would he be playing tennis today? Well, probably—he is one of only seven men in the entire world to achieve a Career Grand Slam, so, in short, he’s good. But, what if he had been given the opportunity to try anything, to play whatever game he pleased when he was young? Maybe he would not only be a tennis savant, but also an incredible soccer player! Some of the most important values a parent can instill in their child are trying new things, experimenting with unique opportunities and exercising the option to decide what they love and what they could ultimately do without. A 2014 study done by the Aspen Institute supports this idea and believes sampling many sports can lead to an increase in: motivation, longevity of sports careers and overall happiness! To encourage your child to take chances on a new sport is an extremely fulfilling concept with a lot of fantastic benefits and it is a goal that can be achieved much easier than you think.
First and foremost, kids want to join a team to have fun. Plus, there is the added benefit of developing profound relationships with fellow teammates and coaches alike. These core values are found in a multitude of sports, so why limit your child to only one? Koa prides itself on its ability to offer a vast array of sports to the community. For instance, with the comprehensive Multisport Camp that focuses on kickball, basketball, flag football, soccer and more, you, as a parent, don’t have to be tasked with finding the right sport for your child right away, because they have the ability to try a little bit of everything and find their own best fit. The beauty of Koa’s diverse sports structure is that it makes everything a little bit easier and a lot more fun for both you and your kid!
No 6-year-old wants to be pigeonholed as a potential field hockey Olympian before they even know if they enjoy the sport (though admittedly, yes, it would be awesome for that to possibly one day happen), so give your child the option to choose something new and try it out! As long as he or she is happy, active and developing skills that can carry over into a successful life, there is no right or wrong sport to tackle. However, we do try to limit our tackling—it is just a flag football after all, not the NFL.
Oh, and for the record, Agassi’s dad might have been rather one track-minded when raising his son on a healthy diet of tennis and more tennis, but Andre seems to be veering away from his father’s child rearing techniques. Just this past July, Koa’s 12u baseball team played against Steffi Graff and Andre Agassi’s son—looks like athletic liberty sure runs strong in their family!