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The Importance of Sports for Children

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Posted on 8/5/2013

Young boys play soccer at Niños de Santa Fe, one of ChildFund's local partner organizations in Mexico.

In developing nations, millions of children live in poverty and lack access to education, health care and nutritious food. Poverty also deprives children socially, as social skills for kids are built by playing with other children, where they can form friendships and have fun. That's why ChildFund offers a range of gifts focused on kids’ sports equipment, allowing children to get the benefits of exercise, enjoy playing together and socialize with their peers to build essential life skills.

Social Development

The importance of sports for kids cannot be underestimated. Sports are a great way for children to learn essential life skills that will serve them in later life, such as teamwork and cooperation. However, many children living in poverty lack the sports equipment and clothing necessary for organized games of soccer, volleyball and other activities. To remedy this, our Real Gifts Catalog allows you to make a donation of $16 to provide children with a soccer ball. This gift will let children living in the world's poorest countries organize teams and learn important social and life skills that kids need.


Evelyn, 12, jumps rope outside her school in Ecuador.

Sports in the Streets

Children all over the world love soccer, and prominent athletes such as Pelé;, whom many soccer experts consider the best player of all time, continue to inspire the youth of Brazil. However, due to high rates of poverty, particularly in the urban slums, there is often a lack of kids sports equipment like real soccer balls, and they are forced to play with improvised balls made from recycled and discarded items. To help these children enjoy soccer, you can donate $16 to provide children in Brazil, Sierra Leone, India and Indonesia with a real soccer ball and help them build essential life skills.

To invest in the future of children in need around the world, please consider purchasing one of these gifts and bringing hope to a child's life today.