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Youth Sports: Building Leaders On and Off the Field
In an era where screens are the biggest rival for young people's attention, the MCCS Youth Sports Program equips children with skills that no video game can teach. The program encourages children to get involved, learn new skills, and embrace an active lifestyle. Sports teach kids the value of teamwork, discipline, and perseverance – lessons that extend far beyond the playing field.
MCCS Lejeune-New River's Youth Sports program caters to children ages 5 to 13*, offering three seasons throughout the year, including soccer, flag football, running, cheerleading, tee-ball, baseball, and basketball. The primary focus of the program is on participation instead of competition. The program's real value lies in its ability to create a sense of belonging and community. "When kids are part of a team, they develop a support system and a shared sense of purpose," says MCCS Lejeune-New River Youth Sports Coordinator Paul Strickland. "They learn to work together, encourage each other, and celebrate their achievements."
Youth leagues also play a vital role in bringing communities together. Game days become occasions for families to gather, cheer on their children, and create bonds with other military families. In a world that often prioritizes individual achievement, youth sports remind us of the power of teamwork. For military children whose childhoods are frequently marked by transitions and time apart from loved ones, youth sports can offer stability and a sense of community.
While there are competitive leagues in the area, MCCS Lejeune-New River offers recreational leagues that alleviate financial burdens and minimize travel commitments compared to the alternatives. In most instances, games and practices are held aboard Camp Lejeune and MCAS New River, making it convenient for families.
At MCCS Lejeune-New River, we're building more than athletes. We're cultivating leaders, fostering resilience, and creating a supportive network that helps our military families navigate the unique demands of service life. 
*Ages vary depending on sport. To learn more, visit our Youth Sports page at
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Fall Registration for Soccer, Flag Football, and Cheerleading: June 24 – July 19.
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