In life, you have to believe in something and at Foam Finger Nation we believe that playing catch has the potential to change the world. We are on a mission to end school violence, place positive role models in the lives of our children, give opportunity and hope to those that may not have it, and provide community and belonging to those who need it most.
Children not playing catch seems trivial until you consider the ramifications to a child that doesn't have anyone to play catch with or simply doesn't get out and want to play catch.
Children long for stability. They long for the predictability. They also want interactivity with their parents. A number of studies have shown that routine family bonding activities like reading bedtime stories and eating meals together have a profound effect on children’s educational development and psychological well-being.
If you don't believe in the power of playing catch consider that child development specialists rave about the benefits of building eye-hand coordination and urge parents to start their children playing catch at an early age with a soft-squishy ball.
A Generation of Children That Don't Play Catch
Playing catch with another person, especially a parent is an intimate experience. Playing catch breaks down the barriers to communication and allows for the discussion of difficult subject matter.
Parkinson's patients suffering from terrible tremors can throw and catch a ball. It's truly an amazing phenomenon. Playing catch has also been shown to improve the posture of older adults and decrease the chances of them falling while walking on their own.
You can learn more about the health benefits of playing catch but consider some interesting research on the profound impact of having a positive male and female adult figure in the lives of children.
90% of College Baseball Players are from a two-parent household
Nearly 90% of NFL quarterbacks surveyed also came from two-parent households
The majority of single-parent households are led by women who are hard-working and the sole provider for her family. The absence of a father figure makes it extremely difficult for children to be introduced to playing catch at an early age.
Visit the Play Catch Foundation website to learn more.