January 25, 2022
With the technology boom of cell phones, video games, and television, kids need to find money through jobs to pay for these desired items. In decades past, the big expense may have been only a car.
Kids deal with a lot more financial stress and bills compared to past years.
— Coach Lovrich
Coach Lovrich believes that jobs certainly have an effect on the turnout of kids to play sports.
“Kids deal with a lot more financial stress and bills compared to past years,” he said. “Nobody had a cell phone bill to worry about and very few kids had a car (in past years).”
The biggest factor that plays into this is certainly the income of the child’s family. According to an article by Education Week, if a child’s family’s income is below the poverty line, the chance he will play sports is 28 percent. However, if a child’s income is above the poverty line, the chances the child plays sports in high school increases dramatically to 50 percent.