Basketball seems like it’s everywhere these days: children are playing basketball at school, in the park, in the neighborhood driveways and certainly they are seeing it on TV. And it’s not surprising that children and adults both love the game. It’s fast-paced and fun, and the supertall NBA and WNBA stars seem like superheros to many pint-sized kids. There are many benefits to playing basketball and below are just some of the reasons why you should be encouraging children to follow their hoop dreams:
Physical fitness is the number one benefit. Lots of running and jumping is the name of the game, which means that basketball helps kids build speed, strength and cardiovascular health, not to mention burn calories. And we know how important physical fitness is these days to a child’s daily routine, so what better way to get children into the game than with a game of basketball.
Working as a team and striving for the same goal is an important life skill, too. Plus, when a kid makes a basket, it’s the greatest thing in the world to them. It’s such a confidence builder. Young children don’t care about the score, but when they make a basket, they’ll be sure to run home and tell their parents about it the moment they walk in the door.
And lastly, the social aspect is key, too. Playing in a group is a great way to get children to interact with each other and start socializing. Many friendships are formed over a little game of basketball.
So what is Little Tikes® doing to help encourage little ones to play basketball? Well this week we are running a special on our latest and greatest basketball hoop; the Little Tikes® Just Like the Pros™ Basketball Set. Just think, even NBA superstars like LeBron James and Michael Jordan were toddlers at one time. And I often wonder how much better their basketball skills could have been if they had practiced on a Little Tikes® Just Like the Pros™ Basketball Set. Future NBA stars can now practice their skills with ease, because this basketball set can adjust to 5 different heights, from 4 feet to 6 feet. Lay-ups and slam dunks are now within their reach. With a size appropriate hoop and a durable plastic design, this basketball set will be able to withstand all of the lay-ups and slam dunks that little hoopsters can bring on. The sturdy base must be weighted with sand and the set comes with a junior-sized basketball, perfect for aspiring athletes.