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Growth in girls sports boosts participation level

Boosted by continued growth in several girls sports, participation in high school sports increased for the 23rd consecutive year in 2011-’12, according to the an- nual High School Athletics Participation Survey con- ducted by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS).


Based on figures from the 51 NFHS-member state high school athletic/activity associations, which in­cludes the District of Columbia, sports participation for the 2011-’12 school year reached an all-time high of 7,692,520 participants — an increase of 24,565 from the previous year.


By Gary Ridderbusch

“In this time of ever-increasing financial challenges in our nation’s high schools, we are greatly encouraged to know that participation in high school sports continues to rise,” said Bob Gardner, NFHS executive director. “With more than 55% of students enrolled in high schools participating in athletics, the value of these programs in an education-based setting continues to be significant.”

Tuesday, November 20, 2012 4:11 PM

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