What Parents Do For Their Kids' Sports

These two charts show the real cost and rewards to parents of having their student on the team
Staff Writer

Paul from Fort Collins, Colo

Rocky Mountain High School

Time. Money. Travel. If you are a parent with a child on a school sports team you will be spending a lot of the first two on the third. You’ll rack up an average of at least 1,000 miles a season and spend $1,400 traveling to your kid’s games and tournaments, according to a survey by market research firm Wakefield Research for Hilton Hotels.

Beyond the direct hit to the pocketbook, there are indirect costs, too.

Parents say that to accomodate their child's team's travel schedule, they have had to:

That last one is the tough one.

So why do they do it?

Parents say it:


Or perhaps it is just because that is what parents do.

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