Students benefit from athletics

Published 3:03pm Tuesday, August 27, 2013

There is an exciting school year ahead for Selma High School. Alabama’s high school football season is about to begin.
The Selma City School System provides a curriculum that allows students to leave high school skillful enough to enter the workforce, enroll in a career technical college program, or attend a four-year institution of learning. Athletics play a vital role in developing the whole student.
Selma High School head football coach Leroy Miles Jr. and his coaching staff are commended for their effort to shape students’ lives beyond the athletic field.
An article at Education.com talks about the 3 “P’s” student-athletes learn that extend beyond the classroom: persistence, patience and practice.
Team members learn that practice is required, even when they would prefer to spend time with friends. They learn the harder they work, the better they perform. They also discover that by never giving up, they are more likely to achieve their goals. These life lessons benefit students long after the high school years, helping them succeed in college and after.
The National Federation of State High School Associations cited a 2002 study by the Department of Education that found students who spent no time in extra curriculum activities in high school were 49 percent more likely to use drugs and 37 percent more apt to become teen parents.
Playing high school football is a big step in molding the lives of some student-athletes. Research indicates some things students will benefit from playing high school football are: students increase their attendance and grades; it builds confidence; encourages fitness and exercise; enables players to socialize and develop social skills; encourages a sense of self-respect for others, teammates, the opposition and coaches; encourages and develops self-discipline and, helps to develop communication skills, both verbal and non-verbal.
Playing high school sports aids toward the school system’s goal of we, “Aim for excellence.”
I would like to thank the parents, businesses, students, and community members for their continuous support for Selma High School Saints football. We envision a championship year. Go Saints.

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