Project High Five (PH5), an online community designed to help keep kids engaged in team sports longer, today announced the official launch of its online platform.
While 30 million kids play team sports every year, 70 per cent of them quit by age 13.
With this unprecedented decline in mind, PH5 was launched to dramatically improve the youth sports experience through parent and volunteer coach education, online community building and easy-to-access tools and resources aimed at keeping kids engaged in sports.
Maheesh Jain, a founder of CafePress, co-founded PH5 stemming from his personal experience as a parent coach.
“I wanted to build a place for parents, coaches and those who are committed to improving the quality of youth sports for the children in their communities,” said Jain.
“By sharing data, experiences, and answers, Project High Five will help parents make better choices when it comes to their kids’ while also helping to improve local sports programs for everyone.”
PH5 provides curated age-appropriate content, discussions organised by sport, and works as a survival guide for parents, a resource for coaches, and a community for people who are passionate about sports.
It currently aggregates original, existing and user-generated studies, articles, videos and practice plans nearly a dozen team sports including football, baseball and volleyball into a centralised feed curated and tagged for appropriate sport, age, skill level and topic by a team of professional athletes.
This unique kids sports-focused community is a first – with no comparable youth-sports platforms available today.
“We believe in the vast benefits of youth sports, and our goal is to maximise participation. While we too are awed by the abilities of elite athletes, we prefer to focus on developing physical literacy in youth so they can enjoy and benefit from lifelong participation,” added Jain.
“When it comes to parenting, we recognise there are no ‘right’ answers since every child and family is different. Our goal at Project High Five is to provide resources and information to parents so they can make better decisions.”