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Scholars Day: April 7, 2010

Comparing the Academic Performance of Middle School Student Athletes and Non-Athletes, in Regards to Grade Point Average, Attendance and Behavior Referrals

Dating back to the 1960's concerns have existed regarding athletic participation in public schools (Coleman, 1961). These concerns have centered on grade point average, attendance and behavior, with the belief that time devoted to athletics comes at the expense of time devoted to academics. Several studies have since been conducted and identify a positive correlation between sports participation and higher academic achievement. Currently, due to a decrease in federal and state funding, many public schools are eliminating athletic programs, but at what cost? This presentation will compare the academic performance of student athletes and non-athletes in a middle school environment facing impending budget cuts.

Presenter: Michael Gorton (Graduate Student)
Topic: Counselor Education
Location: 3rd Floor Lobby, MetroCenter
Time: 6 pm (Session VI)