..In addition, it doesn't cost money for kids to play sports in the U.S.<quoted text>
Then explain why it's by far the most popular team sport in the world and baseball and north American football are but local and limited-to-one-region sport, just not catching on outside the US and Canada. And watch out, as soccer (real name : football) is fast catching on , at last in the USA and Canada. Don't forget, for kids who want to do sports, soccer is affordable - shoes and a ball is all you need and they last forever
Having said that, soccer, as a totally-boring sport (field is too big, game is too defensive), is second only to baseball. Why is baseball even more boring than soccer? Easy, it has no time limit. A game can last forever, and even when they only play the regulation 9 innings, it seems like forever. And a sissy game it is, what with designated hitter dinosaurs who can no longer field and run but can still manage to swing a bat against the worst pitchers in the history or the game. Well, in all fairness, there is some excitement. Indeed, who can be the most disgusting spitter, how much tobacco juice they can hurl in one single spit, and how long they can scratch that crotch. Meanwhile, as cobwebs grow under outfielders' armpits...ohum.
Unless you count picking them up after practice.
I had to buy wrestling flats for wrestling.
All of my track and field equipment was provided for...except foot ware.
All of my football equipment was provided.(unless you wanted specialized foot ware.)
In return they asked that we participated in a fundraiser once a year. Was not mandatory.
You were talking about schools weren't you?