This is a sponsored post for SheSpeaks/POWERADE. All opinions are mine alone.
A few years ago my husband volunteered to coach my daughter’s under 5 soccer team. The team of six was full of constant energy, running, kicking and jumping in different directions. Herding Cats AKA Every Young Athletes Sporting Event. Crazy but absolutely adorable. Fast forward five years later, and while Baby no longer plays soccer, Jed has taken her place. While he’s young, my husband and I agree that it’s beneficial for his athletic growth to try multiple sports. We don’t know where his skills will be strongest, so why not try them all?
Baby didn’t continue with soccer, but she did participate in Karate lessons for three years. Is she still an athlete in my eyes? Absolutely. An athlete not only keeps active by playing a sport, but they also strengthen their social development skills with regular participation.
Making new friends doesn’t come as naturally for some, and being active in team sports or even in a group setting like Karate class, gives them an alternative landscape to thrive.
No matter what you achieve in life, everyone starts life in the same place – as a kid full of potential and big dreams. At the end of the day, we are all #JustAKidFrom from somewhere. POWERADE believes that with the right motivation everyday athletes can realize their potential. Proper hydration on the field is just as important as having the right equipment. Without it, an athlete will struggle. POWERADE is formulated with a 6% carbohydrate solution to help provide energy to working muscles, and vitamins B3, B6 and B12. The ION4® Advanced Electrolyte System helps replenish four electrolytes lost in sweat: sodium, potassium, calcium, and magnesium. All things a young athlete needs to perform to his highest potential. Plus POWERADE tastes great and comes in fun flavors like Mountain Berry Blast®, Fruit Punch and Orange.
As a sports mom, I try to give Jed the focus he needs at practice. I don’t attend practice if DH can take him. Jed is still young, and he occasionally acts differently if I’m around. I want him to be able to let his guard down, interact with team mates, and have fun. Sports expose young athletes to different social circles and it’s important he feel independent enough to give 100% of his focus. I’ll always be there to support and cheer him on at game time, and of course bring the POWERADE and a high protein snack or two.
POWERADE comes in an assortment of sizes and multipacks at Walmart and Walmart.com, and of course for great low prices. Currently when shoppers purchase two 8-packs of 20 oz POWERADE at Walmart, they’ll be able to go online, submit their receipt, and order a free custom “Just a Kid” reusable sports bottle. Offer is good until April 4, 2016 or while supplies last. Go to http://www.us.powerade.com/walmart/#pov2 to learn more. You can also get creative and represent your somewhere with custom “Just a Kid” apparel that features where you’re from here. All net proceeds from the sale of “Just a Kid” apparel goes to the Boys & Girls Club of America.
How do you develop and fuel your young athlete’s potential?