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Student Athletes Perform Better in the Classroom


Play It Again Sports of Anchorage encourages local parents to sign their
kids up for activities as they head back to school

Anchorage, AK (Grassroots Newswire) July 29, 2009 -- For many children in
the Anchorage area, the arrival of the back-to-school season means they'll
soon be hitting the field as well as hitting the books. But, for those
students currently not involved in a fall sport, Play It Again Sports of
Anchorage is offering compelling reasons for why they should become

"Everyone knows that regular exercise and activity is good for a child's
physical development, but of equal importance are the mental benefits that
can be reaped from sports participation as well," said Don Bruno of Play
It Again Sports of Anchorage, which buys and sells quality used sports and
fitness equipment. "As children adjust to the academic challenges of a new
grade level, involvement in an organized sport can stimulate their brains
and boost self-esteem."

According to Team-Up for Youth, an organization dedicated to strengthening
youth and communities through the power of sports, children who
participate in sports have better academic outcomes in the classroom. For
example, adolescents who engage in moderate physical activity five or more
times a week are more likely to achieve an "A" in math and science than
their peers. Furthermore, sports participation has been associated with
lower dropout rates among high school students.

"Considering the links that have been made between performance on the
field and performance in the classroom, we encourage parents in the
Anchorage area to enroll their children in after-school sports," said
Bruno. "Even if you have tried in the past or feel that your child may
not be athletically inclined, the beginning of this school year is an
ideal time to tackle something new."

With sports options such as soccer, lacrosse, field hockey and football,
Bruno notes that the fall season offers a variety of activities suited for
both genders and a wide range of ages. For those students looking for
more of an individual pursuit, wrestling and cross country are worthwhile

“Finding the sport that's best suited for your son or daughter may take
several tries, but what's most important is that the child enjoys the
activity and the sense of friendly competition," added Bruno. "If
participation is viewed as a positive experience, then the child will
begin to develop confidence in his or her abilities, which will motivate
him or her to better respond to challenges in the classroom."

Bruno does acknowledge that the process of trying out different sports can
turn into an expensive endeavor for parents, since they are often required
to purchase different gear for each sport. But, Bruno notes that at Play
It Again Sports of Anchorage, used gear that is in good condition can be
traded in for new merchandise and equipment.

"As children switch between sports and outgrow their gear, parents may
find themselves with an attic or a garage filled with perfectly good but
unused equipment," said Bruno. "At Play It Again Sports of Anchorage
those items can act as cash when they are traded in for new or gently-used
merchandise. That way, helping your child find his or her sports niche
doesn't have to break your bank."

For more information about Play It Again Sports of Anchorage, please
contact Don Bruno at 907-278-7529.

Play It Again Sports®
Play It Again Sports® leads the nation in the buying and selling of
quality used sports and fitness equipment. There are over 350 franchised
stores in the United States and Canada. Play It Again Sports buys, sells,
and trades quality used and new brand name sports & fitness equipment.
Play It Again Sports is franchised by Winmark Corporation®, which also
franchises Once Upon A Child®, Plato’s Closet®, Music Go Round®, and Wirth
Business Credit®. For more information, visit www.playitagainsports.com.

Winmark Corporation®
Winmark Corporation®, based in Minneapolis, creates, supports and finances
business. Specializing in leasing and developing franchises for retail
stores that buy, sell, and trade new and used merchandise, it is the
parent company of Play It Again Sports®, Once Upon A Child®, Plato’s
Closet®, Music Go Round®, Wirth Business Credit®, Winmark Capital® and
www.WBSOnline.com. Winmark has more than 900 franchise territories and is
publicly traded at (NASDAQ=WINA). For more information, visit
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