In the spirit of fall sports and the BYU vs U of U football game this weekend, I thought it would be appropriate to have a family activity surrounding sports! I love sports! I played sports all growing up, in high school, and college intramurals, and my family loves the NBA (Go Lakers!) and more recently college football. And yes we live in a house divided – my husband, me, and my youngest sister are BYU alum/students, but my other sister goes to the University of Utah. So my dad has sweatshirts for both schools.
With our lives being so busy these days, it seems like most families have at least one member on a sports team. Or most families enjoy watching sports. So there are a couple of different things you can do as a family that we’ve done and really enjoy.
1. Watch a game together on TV. It can be anything – football, basketball, tennis, golf, baseball, etc. Like I said, we’re college football fans so we’ll often get together with the family and watch a game together. Especially the big ones like BYU vs. U of U. We all show up in our team colors and enjoy snacks together at half time.
2. Go to a sporting event. Professional or even better, a family member’s game. I always loved it when my family came to my sporting events. It’s so supportive and motivating! This weekend we watched my husband’s two younger brothers and three of his cousins run cross country at the BYU Autumn Invitational. And my husband just joined a football intramural team and my daughter and I sit on the sidelines and cheer him on.
3. Play a sport together. Why not start a game of something in your own backyard? Or at a park? It can be casual like just throwing around a football or bumping a volleyball (like my family does) or a competitive game of flag football or ultimate frisbee (like my husband’s family does). You don’t even need to be athletic. Our ward had a ward family game night and played kickball recently. I hate kickball and I’m not very good at it. But it was still fun to go and chat with everyone and play together.
Playing sports is a great way for children to learn about being on a team, responsibility, and discipline. It also encourages exercise and good eating habits that they can hold onto throughout their lives. And a little friendly competition is great for family unity and bonding.
You can find out more on the benefits of playing sports at these websites: