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ERIC Number: EJ1013900
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Apr
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1537-5749
Athletics for All: Providing Opportunities for Students of All Abilities
Whitmer, Regina
District Administration, v49 n4 p44-46, 48-49 Apr 2013
The glory days of high school sports are no longer reserved for dream team athletes, as athletic directors are increasingly opening up sports to all students, regardless of ability, and seeing winning results on the field and off. This push is reflected in the most recent National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) survey, which shows that in 2011-2012, participation in high school sports had grown for the 23rd consecutive year. The annual High School Athletics Participation Survey, which includes the association's 51 member states and the District of Columbia, shows an all-time high participation of 7.7 million students, more than 55 percent of enrolled high schoolers. This is up nearly 14 percent from 2001-2002. Much of the increase is attributed to more female athletes, particularly in basketball and track and field, but athletic directors say the popularity of school sports goes beyond Title IX and the move to give female athletes the same opportunities as their male counterparts. The trend also reflects increased participation by students at different levels, such as clubs or managing and documenting athletic events. This article discusses off the field advantages, open enrollment drawbacks, equal opportunities, and scaling barriers relating to this new trend in school athletics.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California; Illinois; Pennsylvania; Utah
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Education Amendments 1972; Title IX Education Amendments 1972
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