Sports and games encourage team building activities which go a long way in developing leadership qualities and also the ability to work with the team. Certain moral values like honesty, trust, selflessness, patience, and etc. are imbibed by the players who actively participate in team outdoor sports like cricket.
Rewinding with friends after a long day of school for an hour of games is known to release the hormone cortisol which helps in increasing the concentration power in children. In fact, a period of games at least twice a week is a compulsory norm in many schools along with physical training. Such physical activities and games become even more important for children with disabilities.
According to the 2011 census, 46.2% of the total population of PwDs in India fall in between the age groups 10 – 19 years. Children with Disabilities fall under two categories where one is socially-shy while the other group belongs to children who showcase unbridled joy and trust. Sports and games really help in changing the perception of the former category by helping them emerge from the protective chrysalis the child has built around itself. Because as these children grow, if the shell is not broken, they further stigmatize themselves which will have a huge impact in dimming their self-esteem and confidence.
Mr. G. Mahantesh, Founder Managing Trustee, Samarthanam Trust for the Disabled and President, Cabi & WBC who is a sports enthusiast himself feels that sports and games are very important for the development and growth of children and even more in case of children with disabilities. He believes that if a child faces physical limitations, physiotherapy which would to an extent impact the physical health of the child deprived of sports.
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This post author is Samarthanam Trust for the Disabled.