Academic Success through Athletic Invlolvement

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In high school I was the most predictable student in the entire student body. When teachers would take roll, they could always count on one thing: me not being there. My grades were horrible. My accumulative grade point average was below 1.0. I had no interest in school and kept junkie friends. These so-called friends would often skip school and would pressure me to do drugs. I was already puffing away on cigarettes by the time my junior year rolled around, and my future looked pretty bleak. During my senior year, I decided it was time for a drastic change. I took a brave step and tried out for the Camas High School Cheerleading Team. I made the team and became a student athlete. I was destined to graduate. Through my experience, I believe that involvement in athletics improves academics by providing students with better physical and mental health, thus insuring the athletic student a successful future. Indeed, the most obvious advantage to being involved in a sport would be better physical health. Coaches are a wealth of information and are highly dedicated to their jobs. They become closely involved in the student, just as a parent would be, and their ultimate goal is fitness. My cheerleading coach was a shining example of an ideal coach. Each day at practice, our coach would give us handouts that detailed the exercises each girl needed to do at home, as well as nutritional information. At practice, we were expected to do the same warm-up drills that the football players did. Typically, the drills included sit-ups and push-ups. We even lifted weights to further tone our bodies. All of these simple things taught me how to discipline myself both physically and mentally, because I had to push my body and mind each day. Constantly... ... middle of paper ... ...redly, my story is not unique, and chances are your child will one day struggle with their grades in school. Children like this should not be ignored. They need extra guidance from an attentive, skilled coach. I have witnessed what happens to a student who does not get the personalized attention. They become careless and lazy, and oftentimes will act out in inappropriate ways. These children grow up to display the same behavior in the adult world. They are irresponsible, depressed, and not dependable. They may still be struggling with drug addictions acquired in high-school. A poor student does not have to waste away. Involvement in sports will allow these students a fighting chance to make healthy choices, have positive self images, and to obtain the skills to pursue a profitable future. We all want what is best for our children, athletic involvement is the key.

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