Cameron, S. (2012, 9). Yahoo Sports – Sports News, Scores, Rumors, Fantasy Games, and more. New study shows school sports improve grades, all while districts wrangle with cuts. Retrieved November 8, 2013, from http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/highschool-prep-rally/study-shows-school-sports-improve-grades-while-more-221934443.html
Sports help students maintain good grades which means that just focusing on grades is not the only way to maintain a good GPA. Although the increase in GPAs are not that significant due to the GPA scale, it does show an improvement, according to the article: "A study done by the Los Angeles Unified School District provides evidence on high school sports. Around 35,000 students are athletes in LAUSD attend and average of 21 more days of school per years and the GPAs of some are 0.55 to 0.74 points higher than non-athletes."
This article helps us understand that sports can increase a child's grade more than just by studying alone. Although it may seem off-topic, it really is not. These statistics allows us to infer that sports help students become more social and make friends, since they must work as a team to accomplish their goal.
After-school clubs are a way to keep teenagers and kids off the streets while parents are working. In an after-school club or program, kids and teenager are sometimes given snacks and always get help on their homework. They are able to go somewhere where their parents have knowledge of their whereabouts and also know that they are not alone. These kids also make new friends and get real time to spend with friends after school.
In Westchester County village, Pam Carrano runs a "Home Work" club in her home where she prepares lunch and snacks for the kids and helps them with their homework. This needs to continue in today's society, because there are many kids and teenagers who either go home to an empty house or wander off with their friends, not always doing what they should. These clubs monitor what the teenagers and kids are doing.
Maag, C. (2011, February 26). For Ohio Students, Boxing Rings Become Refuges. New York Times, p. 1. Retrieved from http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/27/us/27boxing.html
As sports are being suspend because of budget cuts, parents are finding other sports or clubs that are not school affiliated. Some are now putting their kids in boxing and anything else that they can find just to prevent sending their kids home after school. Some of these kids do not live in good neighborhoods and sports keep them from getting in trouble or joining gangs. In Toledo, parents are getting over the fact that yes, their kids will come up at bit beat up, but it's worth keeping them off the streets since schools have suspended sports. Without sports, kids end up getting in trouble or have nothing to do which is also not a good thing, because it may lead them to wander off into the wrong crowd.
No one really asks the kids and teenagers what their input is on sports and clubs. Many kids and teenagers from different places put their input as comments on this article, "What Role
Do School Clubs and Teams Play in Your Life?", and in their response they put the sports or club they are in and why they do what they do. Many say that they feel good when they do sports or clubs while others say it keeps them motivated to do other activities such as homework. There are the positive sides and the negative sides to sports and clubs; these comments share both sides. Those who say that sports and clubs were not for them say that it is great for others, just not them.