This post was sponsored by Boys & Girls Clubs of America as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.

As parents we do our best to ensure our kids are eating healthy by having them eat healthier meals more times than they do unhealthy ones. We have also provided them with a huge backyard where I constantly find them playing basketball, soccer, scootering or gardening. However event through these basic necessities of raising happy healthy kids we were missing something. They were missing out on being a part of their community and working as a team with other children. We decided to have them join sports where they could meet with other children and learn the rules of games they play so carefree here at home together.

In a more structured setting, they realized that these sports they loved to play so nonchalantly at home had rules and consequences for not following those rules. They had to learn to work as a team with other children who they were not so accustomed to their personalities. Organized community sports were a great benefit to our kids as we saw them grow tremendously in those 8 weeks. Our shyest team member came out of their shell and even earned a game day medal for participation and hard work. Our loudest and most talkative member learned to listen more intently and became a valuable team player. Overall, we made a small change and it had a lifetime impact on our children.

After our sports session ended I asked my kids to finish this sentence, “I FEEL BETTER WHEN…” and the three responses I got were:

“I FEEL BETTER WHEN I MAKE NEW FRIENDS!”

“I FEEL BETTER WHEN MY TEAM WORKS TOGETHER AND WE SCORE!”

“I FEEL BETTER WHEN MOM AND DAD WATCH ME PLAY!”

We also have a local Boys & Girls Club that offers a health and wellness program called Triple Play. The BGCA recognizes that America’s kids are in crisis and how they can help. While 3 out of 10 kids are obese, 80% of Boys & Girls Club alumni said the club had a positive impact on their attitude toward health and fitness.

This program is doing its best to teach kids health habits and increase the number of hours they are spending on physical activities each day. This program is made possible through the Anthem Blue Cross Foundation and Coca Cola.