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Today, over 35 million children ages 4 through 14 participate in some form of organized youth sports. Yet, over 70% of kids drop out by age 13 — missing opportunities for socialization, character development, exercise and fun. While kids do migrate to other activities as they get older, the number one reason children drop out is pressure from adults, and no longer finding their sports experiences fun. In this educational, challenging, motivational and humorous talk, Bob Bigelow offers a better understanding of what our kids really want and need from their sports activities, and a solution that helps them remain children at play.
Bob Bigelow is one of the foremost lecturers in the county regarding the needs of children in youth sports, and using common-sense approaches to meet those needs.
Bob is a former NBA first round draft choice and four-year player. He played collegiately at the University of Pennsylvania for Hall of Fame Coach Chuck Daly. He has devoted several thousand hours researching and lecturing about organized youth sports and its effects on children – and adults. Since 1993, he has conducted over 600 talks throughout the country.
Bob’s first book, Just Let the Kids Play, describes organized youth sports’ major systemic problems and offers many reforms for better changes. This book is being distributed throughout North America.
Bob’s mission to put the youth back in youth sports has received widespread media attention, including Sports Illustrated, The Boston Globe, The New York Times, WEEI-AM Radio (Boston), The Philadelphia Inquirer, New England Sports Network (NESN), WFAN-AM Radio (New York City), and Toronto Sun.