8 Reasons Social Sport Leagues are a New Orleans Rite of Passage for Young Adults

It brings us together…

Being a young adult means your friends may have scattered across different cities for their “careers,” so you’re constantly meeting new people to integrate into your squad. It can be hard to form a solid group of friends when people are coming and going all the time. That’s why so many young adults in their 20s and 30s turn to social sports to build connections and liven up their social lives.

It’s an effective means of stress relief…

As a part of the Wake Up and Grind generation, you’re dedicated to working hard and playing harder. Putting in 50+ hours a week at your day job while working on your passion project side hustle doesn’t have to mean sacrificing socializing and hanging out with your friends altogether. Social sports are the perfect way to break up the monotonous weekday routines to let off some steam, have fun, and forget about tomorrow’s to-do list for a few hours.

It comes naturally to us…

Instead of struggling to get to the gym after work and forcing yourself onto the treadmill, social sports allow you to get fit while interacting with other humans. You no longer have to choose between wanting to meet up with friends and needing to get a workout in because social sports are the best of both worlds.

It’s good business…

Team building isn’t nearly as effective when it’s only at the end of each big quarter. Playing in a social sports league helps you get to know your coworkers and promote corporate wellness. There are even opportunities to get companies to sponsor teams for their employees!

It’s tradition…

Did you know that the second oldest gym in the country is located right here in New Orleans? The New Orleans Athletic Club was originally founded in 1872 as a gymnastics club, though it has since become a prominent fitness center in the downtown area. The gym’s motto is “Mens Sana in Corpore Sano,” which means “a healthy mind will exist in a healthy body.”

It’s a cultural experience…

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With leagues playing at City Park, players get to take in the sites and history in the metropolitan’s largest recreational urban park. From the lagoons to the New Orleans Museum of Art to the seasonal blooms, there is more than just sports going on here. City Park prides itself on being the primary spot for recreation and sports for generations past and present.

It’s bridges adulting and play…

Yes, these sports have been around for quite some time now, but it didn’t used to be acceptable to play them after leaving your middle school gym class or even your grade school playground. Playing social sports lets you channel your inner child while making meaningful connections to grow your network. Countless lifelong friendships, business deals, and even marriages have been born on the social sports fields (or in the bars afterwards).

It’s uniquely New Orleans…

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There’s something very New Orleans about playing on the field at St. Patrick’s Park and then heading over to the Mid City Yacht Club for some post-game refreshments. After Hurricane Katrina, Savaggio’s Grocery found it’s backroom bar underwater. St. Patrick’s Park was an integral component in restoring the Mid City neighborhood back to its pre-Katrina glory, which included the founding of the now prominent Mid City Yacht Club.

 

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