12 November 2015
As an accomplished high school athlete myself I can personally attest that playing a sport while in high school helps propel to perform better in the classroom. The habits learned from playing sports such as persistence and motivation to achieve helps you to strive to be the best on and off the arena of competition. Usually this strive for greatness has the student-athlete with a GPA ten percent higher than kids who don’t participate in school sponsored sports. The article “A High School Athlete’s GPA vs. Average High School Student’s GPA” stated the although the time constraint of playing sports, student-athletes not only have a higher grade point average but, lower dropout rates and are more committed to high school that non student-athletes.
Although I am a collegiate athlete myself, I never fully understood when my high school coach lectured our team about how hard it was to play at the collegiate level, let alone the professional level until I looked at these statistics. According to “Probability of Competing beyond High School”, there are eight million boys and girl in high school currently participating in athletics. Only 460,000 of them will compete at NCAA schools and only a small fraction of that will become a professional athlete. So in percentage according to the data from “How Many High School Athletes Get To Play NCAA Sports” provided that 3% high school mens basketball players, 5.7% of high school football, 5.5% of mens soccer, 3.3% of women’s basketball, and 6.1% of mens baseball go on to play in college. Those number are decreasing everyday because more kids are participating in sports making the competition level higher and more competitive.
I don’t have a dream to be a professional athlete. Although that would be nice if the opportunity came, but statistics say that I have a better chance of being struck by lightning and winning the lottery than being a professional athlete. That’s why it is important to take what you can from sports whether thats perseverance learned from high school athletics, a full college scholarship for free college education to obtain a degree, and/or a healthy multi-million dollar contract. But even if you are that one in a million as a professional athlete, you need to have a back up plan because most professionals live beyond their means and have a useless degrees, if any degree and those two things lead up to financial hardship and/or bankruptcies. Sports Illustrated estimated in 2009 that 78% of NFL players and 60% will be broke or suffering serious financial issues within five years of retirement of being a professional athlete. So although you are one percent of people as a professional at the time, you can be right back to the normal population of just over broke.
The purpose of this paper was to not tell aspiring athletes they couldn’t make it but to expose them to statistics of the sports realities and have them ask the question when it’s all said and done and can no longer compete, “What have I taken from the game”? Because whether you used sports to keep you focused or a professional athlete gone broke, it will all end and there will be life lessons learned and stories told.
“How Many High School Athletes Get To Play NCAA Sports.” How Many High School Athletes Get To Play NCAA Sports. N.p., n.d. Web. 12 Nov. 2015.
Many high school student-athletes have dreams that they will have the chance to compete in their sport at the college level. But in Reality most will never have the chance to play, let alone receive a scholarship to play. The National Collegiate Athletic Association(NCAA) has released estimations for the chance to play which is not really a chance at all.
NCAA Estimates that only 3% high school basketball players go on to play in college. 5.7% of high school football players play in college. 5.5% of mens soccer, 3.3% of women’s basketball, and 6.1% of mens baseball. Those statistics it show how competitive it is to receive a scholarship which are based on potential of the student in high school and the talent level in his school.
“Probability of Competing beyond High School.” NCAA.org. N.p., 17 Dec. 2013. Web. 12 Nov. 2015.
There are eight million boys and girl in high school currently participating in athletics. Only 460,000 of them will compete at NCAA schools and only a small fraction of that will become a professional athlete. Education is a vital part of college athlete experience. Overall student-athletes perform better than non student-athletes in the classroom and that number continues to rise today. For those who do compete, the life lessons learned help them with life and the pursuit of careers.
Barkhorn, Eleanor. “Athletes Are More Likely to Finish High School Than Non-Athletes.” The Atlantic. Atlantic Media Company, 30 Jan. 2014. Web. 12 Nov. 2015.
Barkhorn starts off by asking, what does it take to get a kid to stay in school and graduate. She suggest that sometimes motivation is highly external. New York city experimented with this by paying student who made good grades. Angela Duckworth’s research says it is highly internal and focuses on personality traits such as “grit” and “perseverance”. The university of Kansas suggest that it is even simpler than that, it is a more universal way to entice students to come to school, and that is through sports.
The University of Kansas data found that student-athletes attend school more often than non student-athletes. As well as higher graduation rates. 98% of Kansas’s athletes graduated in the class of 2012, in comparison to the 90% of the non student-athletes. Some argued that the graduation rates were higher because teachers have a lower standards for athletes and that pass them along without requiring them to do much work. But athletes also scored higher on the Kansas state assessments than non student-athletes in every subject area.
Gorman, Fitzalan. “A High School Athlete’s GPA Vs. Average High School Student’s GPA.” Everyday Life. Demand Media, n.d. Web. 12 Nov. 2015.
Participating in sports is becoming the most popular extracurricular activity for high school student across the nation. Although the time constraint of playing sports, student-athletes have a higher grade point average(GPA), lower dropout rates, and are more committed to high school that non student-athletes.
According to this article nearly sixty percent of all high school students play on school-sponsored sports teams. Over the past ten years grades have increased across America for all student and researchers from Michigan State claimed that students who participated in vigorous did ten percent better. Other studies showed that student athletes had a full point higher GPA than non student-athletes.
Wiles, Russ. “Pro Athletes Often Fumble the Financial Ball.” USATODAY.COM. Arizona Republic, 22 Apr. 2012. Web. 12 Nov. 2015.
Professional athletes often think they’ve made it and live for the right now not thinking that it will all end soon. Russ Wiles states that “The financial rise and fall of of professional athletes is one of those perplexing things that the other 99 percent just can’t understand”. Which has major irony because for most sports one percent or less gets the satisfying feeling of being a professional athlete. Sports illustrated estimated in 2009 that 78% of NFL players and 60% of basketball will be broke or suffering serious financial issues within five years of retirement of being a professional athlete. Much of this is from not living within means and also because of never having anything to having so much you don’t know what to do.