The Importance of Involvement in Extracurricular Activities

Parents should encourage their children to participate in group based activities for the benefit of their social skills. 

Kamden Mulder performing in Caledonia’s main gym at the orange out basketball game.

Kamden Mulder performing in Caledonia’s main gym at the orange out basketball game.

Alona Dulaney

The National Alliance for Youth Sports says, “…participation in sports and activities develops important character traits and lifelong values in children which can create a positive impact in their lives.” This is most certainly true. Researchers from Northeastern University’s College of Criminal Justice conducted a study of whether or not involvement in extracurricular activities helped prevent juvenile delinquency. The study was successful in proving that, although efficacy varied depending on activity and gender, children involved in some type of extracurricular were more likely to stay out of trouble. 

Participating in extracurricular activities ranging from sports, fine arts, clubs and organization give kids the opportunity to establish new friendships with people they may not interact with inside of school. Not only does this broaden their social abilities in group settings but it can teach them the value in working on a team and other beneficial skills that will help them be more successful in the future. 

According to the US Census, children tend to have higher levels of school engagement when involved in one or more activities, like sports, lessons or clubs. This means that they are more likely to do better academically as well as be less likely to drop out.

In conclusion, children involved in any extracurricular activities have the opportunity to expand their social skills, dedication, and learn valuable lessons that aren’t always taught in school. Parents should encourage their children to participate in group based activities for the benefit of their social skills. Would you agree that the activities you did as a child affected your social skills today?