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The following excerpts and statistics were gathered from a variety of resources to demonstrate the importance of middle and high school interscholastic activities and athletics in promoting a healthy culture in Washington schools.

Why do activities matter?
  • Better grades and higher scores on standardized testing
    • Kids who are physically active for one hour each day may perform up to 40% better on standardized tests.1
  • Increase school attendance
    • Research has found that participants in interscholastic activities attend an average of 21 more days of school than their peers who do not participate in activities.2
    • Interscholastic activity participation is associated with decreased high school dropout rates.3
  • Improved health and wellness
    • Students involved in activities have high rates of exercise, a healthier self-image and lower odds for emotional distress, suicidal behavior and substance abuse.4
  • Development of life-long skills and relationship building
    • Activities are educational - students learn teamwork, sportsmanship, self-discipline and develop skills to handle competitive situations.4
  • Activity programs are a tremendous value
    • 213,921: Total participation for high school sports in Washington in 2014-15.4
    • In 2012-13, extracurricular activity programs made up an average of 1.87% of a school district's budget in Washington state.5
  • Increased odds of attending and graduating from college
    • Students who participated in interscholastic athletics are 19% more likely to go on to some level of higher education.6
  • Decreased likelihood of juvenile crimes, drug, alcohol, cigarette use and sexual activities
    • Students who spend no time in extracurricular activities are 49% more likely to use drugs and 37% more likely to become teen parents that those who spend 1-4 hours per week participating in after-school activities.4
  • Positively enhances a student's educational experience
    • Sports and activities give students an opportunity to be involved, interact with peers and adult mentors, and learn skills and life lessons outside of a classroom setting.4
  1. Designed to Move. (2015). Retrieved July 16, 2015 from http://buff.ly/1hIbqG1.
  2. Smith, C. (2012, June 9). New study shows school sports improve grades, all while districts wrangle with cuts. Retrieved July 20, 2015 from http://buff.ly/1JlJFKc.
  3. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The Association Between School-Based Physical Activity, Including Physical Education, and Academic Performance. (2010, July 1). Retrieved July 16, 2015 from http://www.cdc.gov/healthyyouth/health_and_academics/pdf/pa-pe_paper.pdf.
  4. National Federation of State High School Associations. The Case for High School Activities. Retrieved July 20, 2015 from http://buff.ly/1LDkGYx and http://www.osaa.org/docs/osaainfo/08CaseForHSActivities.pdf.
  5. K-12 Data and Reports. (n.d.) Retrieved August 17, 2015, from http://buff.ly/1KQnOdX.
  6. Harris Interactive. Individuals Who Participated In Sports While In School Earn More and Are More Likely to Have Gone to College. (2015, March 10). Retrieved July 20, 2015 http://buff.ly/1IkIDw8




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