8 Benefits for Kids Who Play Basketball

For as long as I can remember, I've had a basketball hoop nearby.

There was the three-foot plastic hoop designed for toddlers. There were dozens of Nerf backboards and rims hanging from the top of my bedroom door. Then, of course, there was the full-sized beauty my father so graciously assembled for me when I was too young to help.

Although I never achieved my goal of winning six NBA championships and five MVP awards like Michael Jordan, I gained a lot from playing basketball competitively for over a decade during my formative years. Here are eight benefits I received, all of which turned out to be lifelong slam-dunks.

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