I just read a very interesting press release http://bit.ly/c7SRyv posted on the website of the National Federation of State High School Associations titled “High School Sports Participation Tops 7.6 Million, Sets Record.” Think about this: 55.1% of high school students participated in athletics last year – more than 1 in 2 students had a coach, had to juggle academics and athletics and had to learn what it was like to lose.
What struck me, though, is that when you look at these raw numbers still fewer than 5% of these student athletes participate in college sports in one of the three NCAA (www.ncaa.com) divisions. Even if you assume that half of them participate in two sports and one quarter of them participate in three sports that percentage only goes up to 8%.
Not every student athlete wants to compete at the BCS Division I level. Many of them know they need to concentrate on their studies to get them into graduate school or into the workforce. Athletics, to them, is a way to round out their college experience. My son is a Division I student athlete who gets no money to compete in the pool – his scholarship money (full tuition) comes from academic sources.
Parents, as you help your high school student athlete look for colleges, keep mid-major schools on their radar. They have the greatest percentage opportunity to combine academics and athletics for a fantastic college experience.
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