Conference aims to keep B.C. kids in sports

The event takes place in New Westminster on Aug. 25-26

Fewer and fewer Canadian kids are playing sports into high school, and a B.C. non-profit is trying to change that.

For the Love of the Game is a two-day multi-sport leadership conference in New Westminster, set for Aug. 25-26, that seeks to instill “a passion and love for sports into current and future youth leaders.”

According to conference and Paradigm Sports founder Glen Mulcahy, children quit sports for a variety of reasons – everything from avoiding parental criticism to how much it costs to play.

“The No. 1 reason why kids play sports is because it is fun. The reason they quit is because it no longer is,” said Mulcahy. “Although reasons for quitting any sport … differ slightly, the reason they quit starting as early as peewee (11 or 12 years old) is that the hockey experience isn’t fun.”

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Conference topics include the cost of winning, why kids play and quit sports, long-term athletic development, physical literacy, growth mindset and early sport specialization.

For more information or to register, visit the website, check out their Facebook page or email info@theloveofthegame.org. Registration costs $75 for adults and $50 for students with ID.


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