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The Odds Are Not In Your Favor

College ScholarshipMany parents dream of college scholarships for their children. It’s the best of both worlds – an advanced degree with no financial hardship.

While many academic merit-based scholarships exist, athletic scholarships are often seen as more attainable, especially if a child has an interest in a Division I sport.

In a recent article on Huffington Post, Ken Reed helps put things in perspective. A key statistic jumped out – “only about one percent of 8th graders will end up receiving some financial aid to play NCAA Div. I athletics.” This statistics includes partial scholarships.

As a result, it’s incredibly important that youth sports remain fun for kids. Reed’s article also cites research which indicates that “nearly 80 percent of all children who play adult-organized youth sports drop out by the time they’re 12. The reason most often cited is that it’s no longer fun.”

In organization you’re affiliated with (or teams you coach), are participants having a good time?

Are there any specific tactics or activities you use to make sure kids don’t quit? Let us know in the comments below! 

Kris Baker

Kris Baker is the President of Demosphere and has been serving the Youth Sports Community since 2006.