Why ask your children to play sports this April and May? The reasons are countless. Here are eight:

1.) Pulls them away from Nickelodeon, YouTube, the PS3, Xbox360 and the Nintendo Wii.

2.) They’ll meet new friends. Maybe even find a girlfriend!

3.) You, as parents, bond with them. If, for example, you’ve long been yearning to try wall-climbing, then today’s the best day. You and your child, side-by-side, will make a perfect pair. You’ll climb together, stare at each other’s eyes, laugh, your hands may get clammy and wet, you might fall—but, best of all, you bond. Believe me: your child will love you more.

4.) Children sweat. And when they do playing golf at Country Club’s fabulous Jungolf program, or improve their jump shot by joining the Milo BEST basketball program, they’ll become fitter. They’ll lose weight and, when classes resume this June, their classmates will be amazed at how much leaner your children have become.

5.) They won’t be bored. “I’M BORED!” my nine-year-old daughter Jana, at times, says. The solution is to pack our children’s summer schedule—when they have 16 hours of each day of no school, no homework, nothing-to-do—with sports.

6.) Children learn a new skill. If your child can’t swim, then joining a summer program is perfect. Swimming is not only the most complete of sports that uses all body parts, but it’s a must-learn survival activity.

7.) Swimming makes one cool. Literally.

8.) There’s no better—and longer—free time than summer. Think about it: during schooldays, children are free only during Saturdays and Sundays. But this May and April? They’re vacant for 60 days. This means 60 days to learn the badminton drop shot, 60 days to master the science of chess, 60 days to dribble or freestyle or bowl or learn the forehand swing.

John Pages

By John Pages

I've been a sports columnist since 1994. First, in The Freeman newspaper under "Tennis Is My Game." Then, starting in 2003, with Sun.Star Cebu under the name "Match Point." Happy reading!

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