High fives. School spirit. Team pride. School-based sports programs can bring out noticeable positive reactions and behaviors in teens. Benefits of sports are-

  • Weight control
  • Problem-solving skills
  • Self-esteem
  • Social competence
  • Academic achievement

And sports can lead to reduced rates of:

  • Juvenile arrests
  • School dropout

In addition to these social and emotional benefits, sports can also bring about intangible benefits to the school and community as a whole. “Sports also create important opportunities for students to contribute to the school community, which may cultivate an increased commitment to, or identification with, school and school values.”