Washington Post and University of Maryland Poll finds loss of sports affected kids

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As youth sports teams and leagues canceled competition because of the coronavirus pandemic over the past year, 6 in 10 parents of young athletes say the disruptions have had a negative impact on their children’s emotional well-being and nearly two-thirds say their children are less happy, according to a Washington Post-University of Maryland poll.

The March nationwide survey of 341 parents of young athletes finds a vast majority say their kids faced sports shutdowns during the pandemic, with 82 percent saying that their children’s sports teams or leagues canceled a season because of coronavirus concerns. Of all parents whose children played sports before the pandemic, 64 percent say that their children’s athletic development had been hurt.