Athletics prove beneficial to students



A football player is shown morphing into a successful business man

Anthony Cole, Sports Editor

   A recent study from the NFHS (National Federation of State High School Associations) found that the average GPA of a high school athlete was 2.84, while a student who doesn’t participate in sports had an average GPA of 2.68. The benefits of sports go far behind just being in better physical condition. The value can extend into other aspects of life such as mental health and career leadership.

   High school can be very stressful, and students often take on a very large workload. The argument could be made that sports just add on to that workload, but for many it is the opposite. No matter which one it is, sports can serve as an escape for students, an activity by which they can clear their minds, directly having a positive affect on mental health.

   “Sports, football more specifically, has taught me the importance of coming together and facing adversity,” said senior football player Bayler Keirns.

   Being able to adapt and overcome is a valuable skill to have in any work environment, and sports teach students just that. In any sport, there are always challenges that present themselves which help develop quick thinking abilities. Students are put into a position to practice leading people when participating in athletics, in addition to forming lifelong friends and memories.

   “Sports helped me gain life long friendships that I will cherish for years to come,” said Senior track, hockey, and football player Jacob Cook.

      The more obvious reward is staying fit and developing a better physique. Coaches often times have mandatory off-season workouts that athletes must attend if they wish to play. They’re not always fun, but it pays off in the end. Looking good and improved health can also promote confidence. 

   “Physically, athletics helped me stay confident in myself,” said Keirns. “Although during the season soreness was a struggle, I felt in shape.”

   Sports essentially have a greater positive impact on athletes than a negative one. It can be concluded that athletics are great tools in helping students take on the next step of their lives, by providing the basis to gain valuable skills.