“High school sport specialization has received a lot of attention recently. School sport participants are pressured into choosing one sport over other sport opportunities that are available. When athletes play a single sport year-round they lack enrichment and experience in participating in other co-curricular activities. Many times single sport-focused athletes find that participation is no longer fun and drop out because of the actions of overzealous coaches and pushy parents.
School sport offers more than what most see, kids playing a game. For families, sport offers a physical place to be together away from work or school. Often ? at critical times in their lives ? sport offers kids a way to connect with each other and work toward common goals.
For most of us, school sports became a collection of personal moments, a mental album of boys and girls growing into men and women.
Educational athletics helps kids find the heroes within and the adults of tomorrow.”
From: MichiganHigh School Athletic Division.
DID YOU KNOW?
- High School athletes have higher grades and lower dropout rates and attend college more often than non-athletes.
MinnesotaStateHigh School League
- By a 2 to 1 margin for males and a 3 to 1 margin for females, student-athletes do better in school, do not drop out, and have a better chance to get through college.
University of Chicago
- The one yardstick to predict "success" in later life (self-satisfaction and participation in a variety of community activities two years after college) is achievement in school activities. Not useful as predictors are high grades in high school, college, or high ACT scores.
College Testing Service
-Nearly 7 in 10 Americans say high school sports teaches students lessons about life they can't learn in a classroom.9 in 10 believe sports contribute to health and fitness.
- 95 % of Fortune 500 executives in 1987 participated in school athletics (only 47% were National Honor Society Members).
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