You’re not only in the sports field management profession, you’re in the life-development profession, especially when it comes to children.

Sports field managers, as well as athletic field builders, have a direct impact on youth, especially when it comes to physical and mental health.

In the past 30 years, obesity has more than doubled in young children and quadrupled in adolescents, potentially leading to a host of chronic diseases later in life, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

Conversely, the CDC reports that regular physical activity provides a long list of physical benefits for children. Daily exercise also promotes mental and emotional well-being that includes self-esteem.

“By now, I don’t think anyone is surprised that regular exercise is good for children and inactivity places them at risk for illnesses later in life, but when you take a moment to consider the data in-depth for children who exercise and play organized sports, the details of a child’s future come to life,” said Danyel Surrency Jones, president of Power To Give and co-founder of Powerhandz Inc., a company specializing in athletic training products to improve performance in baseball, basketball and football.

Danyel and her business partner and husband, Darnell Jones, a former professional basketball player who also co-founded Powerhandz, want kids in their community and beyond to benefit from the values learned from youth sports. That’s why they created the Power To Give program, which promotes positive development.

“We believe in the power of sports to change a kid’s life for the better,” said Darnell, who lists five significant benefits of youth sports:

  1. Cultivates a positive attitude.
  2. Offers a sense of accomplishment, confidence and self-esteem.
  3. Builds better peer relationships.
  4. More restraint in avoiding risky behavior.
  5. Greater family attachment and frequent interactions with parents.