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How Family Financial Investment Impacts Youth Sport

C. Ryan Dunn, Travis Dorsch, Michael Q. King, and Kevin Rothlisberger

The Big Idea

The estimates in the United States vary. But anywhere between 24 and 44 million children between the ages of 5 and 17 participate in organized youth sports. The measurement discrepancy is due to the wide-ranging framing of the demographics, geographies, and organizational structures. Let’s just say there is a glut of kids at play in the U.S. today, organizationally speaking.

On the one hand, there is good reason for this popular development. A long line of...

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