Taking On Income Inequality in Youth Sports; Dev Pathik to Appear on HBO Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel

Industry: Recreation

Internationally recognized youth sports leader elevates issues surrounding travel sports.

Clearwater, FL (PRUnderground) November 15th, 2018

Low income children are one-third as likely to play sports today than those with a household income of $75,000 or more. This means lower income kids fail to access the health, educational, and social benefits of sport and physical activity. Youth sports advocate Dev Pathik, Founder and CEO of the Sports Facilities Advisory, will bring this issue to the national stage on HBO Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel, set to air on November 20, 2018.

The recent growth in travel sports has brought a participation boom to many municipalities, providing millions of more affluent kids with access to sport and elite sports facilities. It has also contributed to continued growth in the youth sports economy, now estimated at more than $15 billion.

Pathik is appearing for the second time on “Real Sports” as a follow up to his 2017 appearance. This time Pathik will address the income disparity in youth sports in the hopes of sounding an alarm on an issue that he says will have long-term health care, crime rate, economic, and social implications.

Research from the Aspen Institute Project Play report shows that kids who are active including those engaged in sports, are one-tenth as likely to be obese, have higher test scores, lower levels of risky behavior, and generally do better in life. This means that kids who play sports are less expensive to society and more productive later in life.  This contributes to an intergenerational cycle that will positively impact the health and well-being of communities for years to come.

In his upcoming feature on HBO Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel, Dev addresses the income disparity head on. He will share the reasons we want children in the toughest neighborhoods playing sports and how sports, recreation, and active play have become inaccessible to millions of lower income kids.  He will also introduce his unique concept for “free and reduced play” and the importance of sport as a nutrient for a healthy society.

About The Sports Facilities Companies

The Sports Facilities Advisory, LLC (SFA), Sports Facilities Development, LLC, and Sports Facilities Management, LLC (SFM) are headquartered in Clearwater, FL. Founded in 2003, SFA has served more than 2,000 communities, produced more than $10 billion in institutional-grade financial forecasts, and provided funding strategies and solutions for more than 70+ youth and amateur sports and recreation complexes worldwide. SFD serves facility owners through owner’s representation, venue planning, and procurement services during pre-development and construction. SFM provides industry-leading, results-driven management solutions for sports, fitness, recreation, and event venues nationwide. Since 2014, SFM-affiliated venues have hosted more than 100 million visitors and generated hundreds of millions of dollars in economic impact. For more information, visit: sportadvisory.com and sfmnetwork.com.

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