August 2015
Correlation Between Winning and Money Found

A North Carolina newspaper claims a study of the state’s high school sports champions found a direct correlation between money and winning. The News & Observer reviewed state champions from 2001-02 to 2012-13. The newspaper reported that the results show the percentage of students receiving free or reduced price meals help to predict success in the state’s two largest classifications.

The study found that:  557 state titles were won by schools with less than 40 percent free and reduced lunches; 112 state titles were won by schools with more than 60 percent free and reduced lunches; 10 state titles were won by schools with more than 80 percent free and reduced lunches.

Sports where parents typically spend large sums of money on travel and private coaches — swimming, golf, tennis — favored wealthier schools by a larger margin. There wasn’t much disparity in track, basketball and football.

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August 2015
High School Sports Participation Up Again

The number of participants in high school sports increased for the 26th consecutive year in 2014-15 – topping the 7.8 million mark for the first time – according to the annual High School Athletics Participation Survey conducted by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS). Based on figures from the 51 NFHS member state high school associations, which includes the District of Columbia, the number of participants in high school sports reached an all-time high of 7,807,047 – an increase of 11,389 from the previous year.

While boys participation dipped 8,682 from the previous year, girls participation increased for the 26th consecutive year with an additional 20,071 participants and set an all-time high of 3,287,735. The boys participation total of 4,519,312 is No. 2 all-time behind the 2013-14 total of 4,527,994. Access the survey data here.

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