Sports Can Give Students a “Fresh” Start at Getting Better Grades and Graduating.
“It’s not Unusual.….” to be a high school athlete and earn a few more A+s than non-athletes that yell “Yo, Sports smell ya later”. Just ask the Fresh Prince. We all know the story – on the basketball court is where he spends most of his days. Sure, you could find him shootin’ some b-ball outside of the school, but he hit the books hard, which gave him a pretty decent GPA. Okay, he got one little “B” and his mom got scared and sent him to live with his auntie and uncle in Bel-Air. Now, he’s on an actual sports team, his school attendance is up, his grades are on point and he’ll be doing the Carlton dance all the way down the aisle on his graduation day. Go Will!
According to a University of Kansas study, high school athletes tend to take their studies more seriously. They’re required to keep an impressive GPA, if they want to participate in school sports, so it increases the likelihood that they will graduate and proceed on to a higher education.
We, at Achieve Financial Group, wanted to sneak a peek at Mr. Smith and get more insight on his strategies for scholastic achievement. We caught a cab and pulled up to his house about 7 or 8. So, if you’ll take a minute and sit right there, we’ll tell you how Will became an academic prince of a school called Bel-Air.
- His participation in interscholastic athletics has resulted in a better educational outcome.
- Because he’s an athlete, he has a higher percentage of school attendance, graduation probability, higher assessment scores and is not at risk of dropping out of school.
- With the lessons he learns in athletics and the requirement of a high GPA to participate, his persistence and chances of success have improved.
- According to the University of Kansas study, white and minority boy and girl athletes have a higher academic performance than non-athletes.
- He has learned time management and how to handle expectations from coaches, teammates and family members. It’s one of the best ways for him, as an athlete, to learn discipline.
So Parents, don’t worry about your kids’ lives getting flipped, turned upside down. If they add sports to their school curriculum, you’ll find that they’ll have a better chance at graduating, which will give them a better chance at an economic future. That’s why Will can look at his kingdom and finally be there, to sit on his throne as the Prince of athletic and academic success! #MonarchCares