The Effects of Athletic Participation on Student-Athletes’ Academic Success: A Proposed Study
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Financial cutbacks in academia has lead to discussion about which school programs should see reduced funding, or dissolve altogether. Athletic funding usually is one the first areas brought into consideration. It is considered by many to be time consuming, a distraction to learning, or simply just a game. Basically, the funding that is put into these programs is not reimbursed with mental growth among student-athletes according to advocates for limiting or removing funding from high school athletics. According to Sitkowski (2008), there have been many reports that show extracurricular activities, including sports, help children develop time management skills that will help them in their academic and professional careers. A study with students in Colorado showed that extracurricular participants had better attendance records than non-participating students. A similar study done in North Carolina also found a strong, positive correlation between athletic participation and increased grades and attendance rates (Sitkowski, 2008). Athletics have the potential to promote organizational responsibilities, and bring out a sense of “grittiness” that traditional extracurricular activities cannot.
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