3 Ways that Participation in Athletics Can Prepare Students for Academic and Professional Success


A recent consensus report has drawn a link between academic performance and athletic participation, yet schools across the country are cutting their athletic budgets. To justify costs, many of our district administrator partners ask us to uncover the links between academic success and athletic participation. Here are three key benefits we found in our research:

1. Human Capital Benefits

Participation in athletic programs allows students to develop important skills and discipline that help students cultivate “human capital” abilities including:

Regular schedules Supervision and guidance Clear feedback Activities that require sustained attention Opportunities for meaningful and autonomous participation

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