In a survey of 296 NCAA Division I male and female athletes, UCLA researchers discovered that 88% played an average of two to three sports as children
Travel-team parents spend an average of $2,266 annually on their child's sports participation, and at the elite levels. Some families spend more than $20,000 per year
The Benefits of Playing Sports
High school athletes are more likely than non-athletes to attend college and get degrees
The benefits extend to the workplace. A survey of 400 female corporate executives found 94% played a sport and that 61% say that has contributed to their career success (EY Women Athletes Business Network/espnW, 2014)
College Sports & Scholarships
Divisions I and II schools provide $2.7 billion in athletics scholarships annually to more than 150,000 student-athletes
While the total college athletic-scholarship pool may exceed $3.3 billion, the Education Department notes that there are upward of $13 billion in academic scholarships on the table in any given year
Division III schools, with more than 180,000 student-athletes, do not offer athletically related financial aid, but 82% of all Division III student-athletes get some form of aid or academic scholarship
Those awards average $17,000 a year, which exceeds the average $14,270 and $15,162 in athletic scholarships offered to men and women, respectively, in Division I.
Division III historically has a higher academic success rate
Division I colleges are allowed to offer up to 206.9 men’s athletic scholarships and only up to 173.1 women’s athletic scholarships. Division II colleges are allowed to offer 155.89 men’s athletic scholarships and 193.59 women’s athletic scholarships.