High School Sports

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Cause and Effect Essay

Over the year’s high school sports has had a big impact on students who are involved in school sports. Research shows that students who are involved in athletics in school tend to have stronger leadership skills, healthier lifestyles, high self-esteem and help them to have better relationships with their peers. Supreme Court Justice Byron White stated, “Sports and other forms of vigorous activity provide educational experience which cannot be duplicated in the classrooms. They are an uncompressing laboratory in which we must think and act quickly and efficiently under pressure and then force us to meet our own inadequacies face to face and to do something about them as nothing else does…. Sports resemble life in capsule form and the participant quickly learns that his performance depends upon the development of strength, stamina, self- discipline and a steady judgment.” This statement tells us that sports can be a very good thing in our educational teachings, but it is not in the classroom. A sport teaches children sportsmanship. Sociologists have studied the subject of high school athlete’s participation and their literature contains mixed results. Howell, Miracle, and Ree (1984) examine the earnings of males one year and five years after their high school graduation. They find that no premium is earned by varsity high school athletes for those who do not attend college. They also found that some athletes obtain higher levels in schooling. Sports can be a positive thing only if the athletes know what their recommendations are and also they know that just because they are in sports doesn’t mean that they don’t have to participate in class. Sports has been proven to keep children off the streets and out of trouble. This is an after school activity. So by that this gives children the opportunity to be active in something positive and not doing the bad things that we all hear about. Parents and guardians have to take...
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