Quotes and Statistics on the

Value of Sports

 The evidence supporting sports participation for young people is overwhelming...It has the power to combat everything from racism to low self-image, to the high-school drop-out rate." (Sue Castle, Executive Producer of PBS Sports: Get in the Game)

 Female high school athletes are:

1. 92% less likely to get involved with drugs

2. 80% less likely to get pregnant

3. 3 times more likely to graduate than non-athletes

(Womens Sports Foundation)

 50% of sports participants drop out by the time they reach early adolescence. (Institute for the Study of Youth Sports)

 High school athletes in North Carolina:

* make higher grades

* get into less trouble

* graduate at a higher rate

* drop out less often

* have higher GPAs than non-athletes

(NC High School Athletic Association, 1977)

 Many of the current trends in high school sports are not defensible as part of an educational experience...The justifiable existence of interscholastic of interscholastic athletics lies in the educational values obtained from them by the athletes. (NASPE, 1993)

 Compromising the educational value of interscholastic athletics in order to emphasize winning is indefensible. (NASPE, 1977)

Boards of Education, superintendents of schools, and principals with input from athletic directors and coaches, must take full control of the interscholastic athletic programs within their school systems to ensure that the educational benefits of athletics receives the proper emphasis. (NASPE, 1993)

 I am opposed to sports being exclusive, where the only children who have a chance to succeed are those who already are skilled. (Rainer Martens, Joy and Sadness in Youth Sports)

 Football takes stomach. A boy who doesn't have it will quit of his own accord. The fields are big. They can accommodate large squads. let the boy hand around. Let him do calisthenics. Let him run, until he's out of breath. Let him scrimmage with the fourth and fifth teams after the regulars are finished. But don't cut him. If he hasn't got it, he'll cut himself. If he has, he'll stick it out. He'll be a better man for the experience and by the time he's a senior he'll surprise you. He'll help make you a winner. (Hal Lebovitz, Cleveland Plain Dealer, 1964)

 Whether elimination is intentional or unintentional, it has similar effects. Kids come to feel unworthy, unwanted, and unacceptable. (Terry Orlick & Cal Botterill, Every Kid Can Win, 1975)

It is absurd that on the one hand we feel that sports are good enough for kids and on the other we set up a system which eliminates poorer performers, girls, late-maturing boys, kids who are not aggressive enough, and so on...It is ridiculous to promote participation...then to cut interested individuals from the teams or to in any way limit their participation. (Terry Orlick & Cal Botterill, Every Kid Can Win, 1975)

 Sports tend to select out physically mature youngsters...This selection process often eliminates later maturing children from sports. (Rainer Martens, Joy and Sadness in Youth Sports)

 About 18% of junior and senior high school students say they use illegal drugs every month. (National Parents Resource Institute for Drug Education)