Group of people playing basketball with the ocean in teh background, image used for Haralambos Bobby Geroulanos blog about how sports help people in school

Nearly 8 million students regularly participate in organized sports and the number continues to rise – for over 25 years. Children from all backgrounds are involved with sports and feel passionately about their teams. Involvement in sports often continues to the college level and sometimes even beyond that. While some people look down on sports and believe they take valuable time away from academics or other things, that not true. Sports actually help students in school and teach them valuable lessons that affect the rest of their lives positively.

Teach discipline

Once students reach the college, and even high school, level of sports, they learn the importance of working hard and avoiding slacking off. Having practice every day for a few hours and then competitions at least once a week means athletes must learn serious discipline to accomplish their goals for the team. This discipline makes it way to their lives as students as well, teaching them to work hard to get a good grade and do their best in the classroom. It also helps that in order to participate in sports, students usually must maintain a certain GPA, so they work hard to reach that level.

Help with teamwork

In athletics, students must learn how to work with other people to successfully reach a collective goal. Often, some members of a team have minor conflict or their personalities don’t mesh. When this issue occurs, these athletes must learn to move past their differences in order to work together and do what’s best for the team. Understanding the importance of teamwork is a vital skill in school as well as in the workplace. Being a great team player can help athletes in many aspects of their lives.

Increase time management skills

In my recent blog post, I discussed how important conquering time management is to success in college. Like I mentioned earlier, students have practices and games on top of their normal schedules, so it’s vital that they learn how to find time to fit everything in. They cannot neglect their studies, because a low grade means they might not be able to play their sport. Student athletes practice top-notch time management skills every day in order to do their best.

Make connections

Since students involved in sports are around so many different people, it’s inevitable that they’ll make many connections. Whether it’s other students, coaches, parents, or rival teams, athletes constantly interact with new people. They need to know how to carry themselves and be polite. Sometimes, student athletes are even interviewed or featured in local media, which helps them reach even more people. These connections can become life-changing when it comes to applying to colleges or careers after school. Being involved in sports is one of the best ways to network.