The Power of
S port S
The MHSAA believes four core values are at the heart of educational athletics: Sportsmanship, Scholarship, Safety and Scope. All play vital roles in the development of students striving for the ultimate "S," Success in life long after they've left our hallways. The facts in the content of this page and links from this page to various expert resources show an undeniable relationship between high school sports participation and increased chance for post-graduate success.
It's a fact that all people will fail at some juncture in life. Responding to those moments is paramount. Lessons learned in gracefully dealing with adversity in the athletic forum translate to classroom, the home and the workplace. A recent survey of high school principals reveals that 95 percent believe activities teaches lessons students cannot learn in class time alone.
Perhaps the most important aspect of school sports is just that; it's school-based, rooted in education. Minimum academic standards are set as a requirement for athletic participation, thus making activities a privilege. When young people are afforded a privilege, they tend to appreciate it more and work hard to keep it. A 2008 survey confirms that students involved in sports and other school activities achieve higher GPAs than those not involved, and the more activities they are engaged in, the higher the GPAs.
It's not enough to provide students the opportunity to participate. We must do so in the safest environment as possible, always focusing on health awareness and risk minimization. From our Hot Weather Planning Guides, MRSA Alerts and Inclement Weather Statements, emphasis on safety and health are always at the forefront. Yet, in these faltering economic times, school trainers are often among the first cuts. Urge your school districts to consider safety and health among the most important facets of school sports. Check out our list of resources on the left side of this page for athletic training resources.
School sports embraces its local roots. School events attract administrators, teachers,students, parents and community members in one venue. How many other activities can boast such a crowd for a common cause? Time and money are precious commodities these days. It doesn't take much of either to travel to your local high school for an athletic event, whether alone or with your family, when compared to counterparts at the collegiate and professional level. In many areas, school sports are the backbone of the community.