The Benefits of being a Student Athlete

SWFL Youth Basketball strongly believes in providing enough activities and programs so that our youth remain focused on the positive aspects of being involved in sports versus being distracted by video games and television. In 2001 North Carolina performed a survey of 125,000 high school students at 131 schools to compare the sport athletes to students not participating in sports and determined the following results,

  • Mean GPA-2.98 for student athletes and 2.17 for non-athletes
  • Algebra mean testing for student athletes 66.1 and 57.9 for non-athletes
  • English mean testing for student athletes 61.4 and 50.8 for non-athletes
  • School attendance- non athletes miss twice the number of days as student athletes
  • Discipline Referrals for student athletes 33.3% and 41.8% for non-athletes
  • Mean dropout rate for student athletes 0.6% and 10.32% for non-athletes
  • Mean graduation rate for student athletes 99.4% and 93.51% for non-athletes

The National Federation of State High School Associations has published the benefits of extracurricular activities for student athletes, with the following key findings,

  • Students participating in vigorous sports did 10% better in math, science, English and social studies, compared to non-athletes
  • Students who participate in sports are more likely to be engaged in volunteering, voting, speaking in public and watching news, compared to non-athletes