Sports: Play Younger, Play Longer
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If your kids quit playing sports before high school, there's a 70 percent chance they'll never play sports again. Find out how to keep your kids in the game.


Casey Taylor: All that energy before the big game may have its roots at recess. Kiera Turner: You just sign up and hang out and play with your friends, Kiera Turner said. Casey Taylor: Kiera Turner is finally coming out of her shell. Kiera Turner I got to show more of my athletic side to people. Casey Taylor: North Carolina researchers say kids who participate in sports at a young age play for life. Their study found 21 percent of sixth grade girls don't get their recommended one hour daily workout time and zero percent of eighth grade girls pass that test. Jonathan Casper: Knowing that a student is comfortable playing sports & really translates into playing sports over a lifetime. Jason Bocarro: The intramural sport model has the capacity to get many more kids involved. Casey Taylor: Studies show most kids who stop playing sports do so between sixth and eighth grades. Sixty-eight percent of those kids want to play sports, but don't have the resources or time. And 70 percent of kids who quit before high school never play again. Kids who don't stay fit often stay that way as adults. Kiera Turner: I have more energy than I would if I was trying out because I'd be so nervous. Casey Taylor: Kiera's chance to play means more athletics every day. If her peers do the same, the U.S. may curb the 300,000 yearly deaths caused by weight gain. Kiera Turner: I don't like standing still or like being in a closed environment for a long time. Casey Taylor: Thanks to a simple opportunity, she doesn't have to. I am Casey Taylor reporting.