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Taking On Income Inequality in Youth Sports; Dev Pathik to Appear on HBO Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel

Internationally recognized youth sports leader elevates issues surrounding travel sports.

Clearwater, FL (PRUnderground) November 15th, 2018

Low income children are one-third as likely to play sports today than those with a household income of $75,000 or more. This means lower income kids fail to access the health, educational, and social benefits of sport and physical activity. Youth sports advocate Dev Pathik, Founder and CEO of the Sports Facilities Advisory, will bring this issue to the national stage on HBO Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel, set to air on November 20, 2018.

The recent growth in travel sports has brought a participation boom to many municipalities, providing millions of more affluent kids with access to sport and elite sports facilities. It has also contributed to continued growth in the youth sports economy, now estimated at more than $15 billion.

Pathik is appearing for the second time on “Real Sports” as a follow up to his 2017 appearance. This time Pathik will address the income disparity in youth sports in the hopes of sounding an alarm on an issue that he says will have long-term health care, crime rate, economic, and social implications.

Research from the Aspen Institute Project Play report shows that kids who are active including those engaged in sports, are one-tenth as likely to be obese, have higher test scores, lower levels of risky behavior, and generally do better in life. This means that kids who play sports are less expensive to society and more productive later in life.  This contributes to an intergenerational cycle that will positively impact the health and well-being of communities for years to come.

In his upcoming feature on HBO Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel, Dev addresses the income disparity head on. He will share the reasons we want children in the toughest neighborhoods playing sports and how sports, recreation, and active play have become inaccessible to millions of lower income kids.  He will also introduce his unique concept for “free and reduced play” and the importance of sport as a nutrient for a healthy society.

About The Sports Facilities Advisory | The Sports Facilities Management

Sports Facilities Advisory, LLC (SFA) and Sports Facilities Management, LLC (SFM) are both headquartered in Clearwater, FL. Founded in 2003, SFA has served more than 2,000 communities, produced more than $10 billion in institutional-grade financial forecasts, and provided funding strategies and solutions for more than 120 youth and amateur sports and recreation complexes worldwide. SFM provides industry-leading, results-driven management solutions for sports, fitness, recreation, and event venues nationwide. Since 2014, SFM-managed venues have hosted more than 75 million visitors and generated millions of dollars in economic impact. For more information, visit:

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