Over 85% of Sky View High School students participate in all sorts of extra-curricular activities, including athletics. The Sky View Booster Club’s function is to support the Sky View athletic teams and coaches.
While many students get involved in high school athletics for sheer love of the game, there are significant benefits from these extracurricular activities as well. A Public School Review.com article in March 2017, suggested 10 reasons why high school sports benefit students.
- Community Representation: Although club sports have become a popular pastime for both students and college recruiters, there is still a lot to be said for playing for your high school team. Students who participate in high school sports learn the benefit of representing their community on the field or court.
- Fitness: The benefits of regular fitness due to participation in sports is undeniable. Studies also suggest that student athletes are less likely to participate in unhealthy or risky behavior when they are playing sports in high school.
- Improved Academics: An August 2007, study published in the Medicine & Science in Sports and Exercise found that students who were active in sports performed 10% better in core subjects like math, science, social studies and language arts. Because sports offer equal opportunity to all students at the high school level, these academic benefits extend to all area of the student population, including students that might be traditionally underserved.
- The 3 P’s: Persistence, patience and practice. Team members learn that practice is required, even when they would prefer to be spending time with friends. They learn the harder they work, the better they perform.
- Teamwork and Cooperation: When everyone is working toward a common goal in team sports, students learn firsthand how their performance impacts the rest of the team.
- Positive Mentors: High school athletics are filled with positive mentors, from the coaches on the sidelines to the leaders on the team. Students learn to work with a wide range of authority figures, who teach them important lessons about hard work, respect and good sportsmanship.
- Social Relationships: Students who participate in sports often forge close friendships with others on the team. Students bond together over a common passion, and the time they spend together at practice and games builds tight bonds that often last long after high school is over.
- Leadership Skills: As students advance through the ranks of the high school team, they learn valuable leadership skills. Senior athletes are expected to encourage younger team members and hold them accountable.
- Time Management: Practice and games take up plenty of a student’s time, leaving much less for school work and other activities. Athletes must learn time management skills if they are to get everything finished.
- Success Mindset: Time management skills, creativity in finding ways to improve, strong focus and concentration development, internal skills for handling pressure, learning when to take risks, taking responsibility for individual performance…all contribute to a success mindset that goes far beyond the high school court or field.