I was happy to see the news that participation in high school sports in the United States rose to a record 7.4 million last year, according to a survey by the National Federation of State High School Associations. I have always believed that participation in sports yields benefits that go way beyond the sports themselves and schools should work to raise participation rates as much as possible.
Football topped the list for participation rates for boys, while basketball was number one for girls. To read more about the study and participation rates in other sports, see this article.
A version of this news article first appeared in the Motivation Matters blog.