The State of Youth Sports

Know the Score

When you break down the numbers, it’s easier to see why sports matter. When kids get to play, kids go farther in life.

Student athletes are

less likely than non-athletes to be depressed

Women’s Sports Foundation: The State Of High School Sports in America, July 2019

56%

of teen girls do not participate in sports compared to 48% of teen boys

Women’s Sports Foundation: The State Of High School Sports in America, July 2019

24%

Of High Schools Don't Offer Sports

Women’s Sports Foundation: The State Of High School Sports in America, July 2019

Physically active children get up to

40%

higher test scores

Facts: Sports Activity & Children, The Aspen Institute Project Play

Youth Sports Are Under Threat

When we allow funding for youth sports to shrink, we lose opportunities for our kids to participate.

63%

of Public school sports budgets are stagnant or decreasing

RAND Corporation: Who Plays, Who Pays? July 2019

High-poverty schools offer

1/3

fewer sports & sports teams than low poverty schools

RAND Corporation: Who Plays, Who Pays? July 2019

58%

of community-based sports fees are rising

RAND Corporation: Who Plays, Who Pays? July 2019

42%

of families of middle- and high-school students who do not participate in sports but are interested in doing so cite cost as the main reason

RAND Corporation: Who Plays, Who Pays? July 2019

Resources

Who Plays, Who Pays

Read the special report that speaks about funding for and access to youth sports

Youth Report

Get the game plan for how we can provide more opportunities in sports for all of our kids.

THE STATE OF HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS IN AMERICA

Review the research that provides an evaluation of the Nation's most popular extracurricular activity: Sports

Keeping Girls in the Game

Read the special report that speaks about the factors that impact girls' participation in sports

Success Stories

Youth sports pack the power to change lives – and communities. As these stories remind us, we’re all better off when our kids get the chance to play.

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