Ask a group of kids ‘what’s most fun about sports?’ — like George Washington University researchers recently did — and you’ll get lots of answers. Out of the 81 they came up with, ‘winning’ didn’t even make the top 40. But for parents — many of whom run and coach their children’s sports leagues — winning is an important way to groom their kids for college scholarships. Some say the result is an intense, hyper-competitive atmosphere that many kids have no interest in. We talk with experts about why fewer kids are playing sports and whether their parents may be to blame.


  • Mark Hyman Professor of Sports Management, George Washington University; Author, "Until it Hurts: America's Obsession With Youth Sports and How it Hurts Our Kids" and "The Most Expensive Game In Town: The Rising Cost of Youth Sports and the Toll on Today's Families"
  • Michael Rosenwald Reporter, Washington Post
  • Tony Korson CEO, Koa Sports

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