For Edgar Gonzalez Anaheim, Santa Ana, and the rest of Orange County, is a fantastic place to live. However, it will only continue to be such a fantastic place if today’s youth, who are tomorrow’s adults, continue to have direction in life. Unfortunately, it seems that many young people in the area have become somewhat disenfranchised, particularly those who have dropped out of school. And, unfortunately, there seems to be an increase in children who fall into that category. Gonzalez is happy to see, however, that projects such as the Who’s Next Boxing Academy, which he supports, are using sports such as baseball and boxing, to reach out to these young people and turn them away from illicit activities and drugs.
How Edgar Gonzalez Anaheim Activities Stop Kids from Using Drugs
There is a lot of scientific evidence that shows kids who take part in sports are less likely to smoke, use illicit drugs, drink, or turn to crime. In fact, it has been shown that the more sports kids take part in, the more their chance of turning to illicit activities drops as well. However, it isn’t as simple as dropping a child off at a gym and hoping for the best. Rather, Gonzalez has noted that it is equally important that parents become involved as well and have a positive attitude towards sports.
What matters, as well, is that children are properly supervised. Those who go and play baseball with their friends three times per week, for instance, are more likely to turn to drugs than those who go to a fitness center such as the Who’s Next Boxing Academy just once per week. That is because, at the academy, they are supported and supervised by their peers and by adults who understand their situation and hope to give them guidance.
Of interest is also the biology of taking part in sports and how that impacts drug and alcohol abuse in particular. Athletes have a much quicker metabolism than those who live a sedentary lifestyle. What this means is that, should young people try drugs but engage in sports, it is more likely that they become sick from it. This is why high intensity sports like boxing are so good, particularly when engaged in on a regular basis.
Mainly, however, sports help children stay away from illicit behaviors because it gives them a sense of belonging. The majority of kids first try substances in an effort to fit in, but that simply means they are surrounded by the wrong people. If their peers are all young people who engage in a healthy lifestyle and sports, then they would not fit in by using drugs either.
For Gonzalez, offering today’s young people solutions to develop themselves in a positive environment that helps them to stay away from drugs and turn them towards education and sports instead is absolutely vital for the betterment of the community as a whole. This is why he actively supports Who’s Next.