All throughout high school, I was able to play three varsity sports. Not only was this difficult, rigorous and physically demanding, but playing sports taught me life lessons, time management, and helped me stay on schedule as a student. We were very good in all three sports, winning league titles countless times, competed at states, and even won a national championship. I wanted to see what the correlation between grades and sports really was!
A study done by our very own, Penn State University, and the University of South Carolina studied data and tested 9,700 high school students whether or not they played a sport. While studying kids ages 14 to 18, they found that the students who played a sport and had extracurricular physical activities had better grades and test scores. Matthew Irving, an academic from University of South Carolina who was involved in these studies said, “Team sport is significantly related to higher grade-point averages and a higher likelihood of completing high school and enrolling in college.’ The correlation between good grades and sports is consistently proving that is it a beneficial activity for a student. There was a study recently done by the Los Angeles Unified School District that provided crucial evidence for every school in the nation or any doubters out there. There was a strong correlation between a student’s participation in school sports and the results of good grades, higher test scores, and overall performance in the classroom. Eric Sondheimer, the reporter for this study said, “According to the study, the 35,000 student athletes in LAUSD attended an average of 21 more days of school per year than their counterparts, while they also sported GPAs some 0.55 to 0.74 points higher than non-athletes.” Athletic funding can sometimes be an issue for some school districts throughout the country, however, I believe this is a paramount necessity in a child’s development. It not only prevents childhood or teenage obesity, but it teaches the student discipline, team work and grit among countless others.