4. Playing sports helps you make new friends.

When you join a sports team, you will inevitably make friends. Since teammates share so much fun and exciting moments, your friendships should last long even after you finish playing. There is also one more fact: most teams traditionally go out to eat after a game!

5. Playing sports teaches you how to focus and manage your time.

Playing sports require time and commitment but most teens usually perform better in school and are more likely to be involved in community service or clubs. How is this possible? Playing a sport requires teens to develop two important skills: focus and time management, which are crucial traits in people who get things done and accomplish their short and long-term goals.

6. Playing sports helps you strengthen your college resume.

Although it should not be the key reason to join a sport, it is a fact that colleges and universities usually favor applicants who are well-rounded. Playing a sport will not only pad your resume, it will also usually tell the admissions counselor that you are confident, disciplined, and work well with others.

It might say that you have more than student potential – you have leadership potential.

7. Playing sports provide you an advantage in the workplace.

Not all people who play a sport are dumb jocks. In fact, there are studies showing that girls and boys who played sports are more likely to have higher-status jobs than those who did not.

According to a study from Cornell University, teenagers who played a sport demonstrated more confidence, developed stronger leadership skills, and worked better in teams. The study also emphasized: “Participation in competitive youth sports ‘spills over’ to occupationally advantageous traits that persist across a person’s life.”