Today is Earth Day and a good time to remember that we can look for ways to go green in youth sports.
- Cut down on water bottle waste by buying a sturdy, stainless steel reusable water bottle and refilling it. Fill up a Gatorade cooler with water and let the kids fill their bottles.
- If you do have to use disposable plastic water bottles, be sure you bring a bag to the park for the kids to throw them in, although some parks have recycle bins.
- Recycle sports equipment. Donate it to organizations or hold your old sports equipment trade day, where everyone brings their used equipment and swaps with other sports parents. Use websites like freecycle.com or earth911.com to help recycle or pass on your unwanted equipment.
- Encourage your child’s team to go paperless. There are a ton of great online management and communication resources like SportsSignup, SignupGenius, or TeamSnap that can help you manage registration, signups and team communication. There are also a ton of apps for teams to use to stay organized, like HomeTeamApp, and MyTeamzNews.
- Encourage kids to pick up garbage whenever they see it and put it in the garbage can or recycle bin. Somehow we’ve fallen into the habit of walking by garbage on the ground and just ignoring it.
- Take the team on a green adventure: cleaning up a park, beach or roadside. Check with the local community greeners to see how your child’s team can get involved.
- Have your child’s team plant a team tree at the ball park or in some spot where they can watch it grow.
If you have suggestions for sports teams on how to go green, please leave a comment and share!
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