Result just one of many outcomes from school sports


Miami Herald Writer

School sports programs provide several benefits to the school and community, generating reactions and behaviors in teens which are noticeably positive.

Besides the physical and mental advantages from participation in team sports, research shows that young athletes generally do better academically.

It is a challenge on the field and off. Rules are specifically designed to keep young athletes healthy and safe by enforcing certain regulations. School athletic programs enforce a rule that the student must be in good academic standing to compete in a sport. As a result, participation in these active extracurricular activities exhibits a positive association between academics and sports.

High school team sports offer a safer environment, and there is a correlation with joining a school team and completing high school. It is said the academic success might be a result of the memorization, repetition and learning required in sports. Young athletes also learn determination and goal setting, which can transfer to the classroom.

Competing in team sports helps build self-confidence, raising self-esteem.

Working together, training hard and seeing practice pay off proves young athletes can accomplish their goals.

Students will notice the positive emotional benefits of team sports. Young athletes learn the benefits of teamwork. They will make new friends and learn important life lessons. It is said that involvement in team sports helps children focus on the entire team, not just themselves. By uniting students from various backgrounds, teammates are taught to work together and embrace differences.

Teams teach youngsters how to cope with a negative teammate or someone with a bad attitude. They also encourage friendship and empathy for fellow teammates by cheering and supporting them.

Athletics develop important life skills through practice, patience and perseverance.

•  Jacqueline Alman is a sophomore at Scheck Hillel Community School in North Miami Beach.

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