MINNEAPOLIS, MN--(Marketwire - May 20, 2010) -  June is Sports America Kids Month, a national campaign dedicated to encourage children to participate in sports activities. In recognition of this awareness month, Play It Again Sports -- which sells gently-used name brand fitness and sports equipment -- is helping parents understand how sports can provide kids with skills for life-long sports participation in various activities.

"As parents look for worthwhile activities to occupy their child's time this summer, they should consider youth sports programs, such as golf, softball or baseball, and tennis, which all provide an array of skills children can use as they develop into adulthood," Quinn said. "Learning, focusing and excelling in one sport as a child makes it easy for that child to continue that sport later in life. It also saves the parent money as their child gets older and chooses to stay focused on that particular sport."

To help parents introduce their child to new sports, Quinn is offering profiles of popular youth sports:

  • Golf: Golf is becoming one of the most popular sports to participate in, as well as a popular sport to watch. Most community courses offer junior or youth programs catered for children and young adults interested in learning how to play. What's great about this sport, Quinn said, is that clubs can be traded in as kids grow. And, it's a good sport for individual development.

  • Baseball or Softball: Both baseball and softball provide children with an array of developmental skills including hand-eye coordination and the know-how of playing on a team. As children continue and advance in these sports, they can participate in casual leagues later in life.

  • Tennis: With the famed performances of tennis players such as Venus and Serena Williams, tennis has become a sport of interest to both adults and youth. Parents should know that there are usually youth tennis programs available at their local public courts for a low cost and it is an individual sport where children can advance and excel.

For more information about Play It Again Sports, please visit www.playitagainsports.com.