mission of the Minnesota State High School League is to
provide educational opportunities through interscholastic athletic and fine arts
programs for the 200,000 students who participate in them and to provide
leadership and support for the 456 high schools that are members of the League.
Decades of research prove that students who
participate in high school activities tend to have:
- higher grade-point averages
- better attendance records
- lower dropout rates
- fewer discipline problems than
National studies repeatedly report that high
- build character
- increase self-confidence
- relieve tension
- support classroom learning by generating
school pride, a sense of community, and by nurturing a feeling of
belonging that makes students want to achieve.
These studies also show that students who
participate in athletic and fine arts programs are more likely to:
- graduate from high school
- stay off drugs
- attend college
- avoid unwanted pregnancies.
Still, more statistics reveal that participation
in activities encourages the aspirations of youth and provides young people with
countless opportunities to develop leadership skills.
A Minnesota study of more than 300 schools
- The average student had a grade-point average
of 2.68 (on a 4.0 scale), but the grade-point average of student athletes
was 2.84 and 2.98 for students involved in the fine arts—speech, drama,
music and debate.
- The average student was absent 8.76 days a
- Athletes were absent 7.44 days.
- Fine arts participants were absent only 6.94
days a year.