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When I got married 18 years ago, I went into it with an understanding I would need to compete for my spouse’s affections with his other love: sports. Honestly until I met my husband, I had never heard the words scrimmage, end zone, shortstop, pick n’ roll.
While I’m flattered to have nabbed a coveted spot as one of his top two all-time loves, I’ve yet to elicit the type of exuberance he conveys upon seeing former NY Mets heavyweight Mo Vaughn’s weight loss or pro golfer Phil Mickelson’s hole-in-one.
For my husband, sports captures his thirst for competition, and even if he can’t be physically involved in the sport, he gets a sense of satisfaction from vicariously living through these athletes and watching and/or listening to games. And I knew eventually my kids also would need to compete with the New York Mets, Giants and sports radio personality Mike Francesa for his attention. And in doing so we have become a serious sports family! And with autumn upon us so is the season of soccer, football and lacrosse if your kids aren’t involved in sports I’ve complied four reasons why THEY should be. But even more importantly if they are then you know it isn’t easy to round up all of their supplies. Sometimes it feels as if the shopping never ends! Don’t fret; you can afford your love of sports and the equipment needed thanks to SidelineSwap:
There’s no getting around it — sports gear is expensive. With consumers spending up to $500 or more on full sets of equipment for sports like baseball, lacrosse, golf, and hockey, it’s easy to understand why some athletes can’t afford the hefty price tags at retail stores. Worst of all, prohibitive pricing can push out lower-income kids from certain sports.
Brendan Candon, the CEO of SidelineSwap, is bringing his vision to life: he and his team have created a simple, effective platform that makes it possible for individuals to post and search for used equipment in sports like baseball, skiing, golf, lacrosse , hockey and more– providing them with an opportunity to cash in on their extra sports gear, and gives those looking for more affordable options a safe and easy way to access equipment.
The simplest and possibly most important strategy Candon follows is creating a platform that fills a need. In fact, SidelineSwap fills multiple needs: athletes who are looking to save money on quality new and used equipment, families who have a pile of old equipment that needs to be sold, and preference the need for social, mobile commerce.
Candon, a former Division 1 athlete and coach, created a bustling online marketplace where athletes at all levels buy and sell their gear. SidelineSwap seeing this need, created a platform that makes it possible for individuals to post and search for used sporting equipment – providing lower prices and a better shopping experience. SidelineSwap avoids outpricing their target market by keeping fees low (9% from the seller after a sale).
Sellers receive pre-paid shipping so all they need to do is print, pack, and ship. And buyers receive a tracking number along with a buyer guarantee that promises the item they ordered or their money back. In doing so, he has set up a strong, financially-sustainable platform that sports consumers find use. SidelineSwap is a great way to foster that love of sports and an economical way to obtain the equipment you need for just about any sport.
And now that you know that SidelineSwap can help you afford your child’s sport check out the myriad of potential benefits to being active in any form of athletics for all our children!
- Exercise promotes and maintains healthy weight. Physical activity is an essential component of a healthy lifestyle. Physical activity provides long-term health benefits for everyone. By being active, you will burn calories, it can be as easy as walking the dog or as rigorous as running a marathon. Providing opportunities for children to be active early on puts them on a path to better physical and mental health. It is important that everyone gets active: over the last 20 years, there's been a significant increase in obesity in the United States. About one-third of U.S. adults (33.8%) are obese and approximately 17% (or 12.5 million) of children and adolescents (aged 2-19 years) are obese. An active lifestyle with sports can foster a healthy weight and lifestyle.
- Promotes teamwork and cooperation and team building. Sports helps you appreciate diverse and unique backgrounds of team members and the importance of uniting around a common goal. No sports team is successful without working together to reach a common goal. Teamwork is essential to a good performance from any sports team and is a great way to teach children certain life lessons, such as cooperating well with others and taking responsibility for actions. Such lessons are applicable to life outside of sports and can be applied to work or school. Teamwork in sports promotes cooperation. Children can learn how to better cooperate with their teammates, even if they are not particularly fond of a teammate or two. Cooperation means putting differences aside for the greater good of the team.
- Develops confidence and achievement. Working as part of a sports team is also a great way to build confidence. Research concerning sports and children/teens has shown that children, including girls, who play sports are more likely to have a positive self-image than those who do not play sports. A girl who plays softball or basketball, for example, is not only less likely to be overweight, but is also more likely to receive compliments about her game time performance, thus boosting self-esteem. There is a widely held belief that the development of competence or expertise in sporting skills can lead to a sense of personal effectiveness and feelings of autonomy, and these are associated with the promotion of self-esteem.
- Sharpens reflexes, quick thinking, and intelligence and associated with academic achievement. Studies have shown a direct correlation between physical activity and academic performance. A University of Kansas study looking at the performance of students in grades 9 to 12 showed that more than 97% of student athletes graduated high school, 10% higher than those students who had never participated in sports. Athletes were also shown to have better G.P.A. outcomes than non-athletes.
This might have to do with the increased cognitive ability that comes from playing sports. Physical activity naturally increases blood flow to the brain and activates endorphins, chemicals that are released when you exercise. Endorphins can impact your mood and work performance, meaning athletes may be more willing and capable of tackling that next big problem.
With your kids’ sport essentials taken care of and all the reasons why you should get them involve- it’s time to get your inner-cheerleader out and pack those stands and check out SidelineSwap you can DOWNLOAD their APP here for all their sports essentials!