San Antonio-area’s public school districts – athletic programs

In our San Antonio-area public school districts, students can participate in casual sports or begin their athletic careers. Athletic programs include more than high school football or basketball. Countless options are available to students as they explore and find the perfect physical activity for their individual and unique interests, talents, and skills.

While Texas high school football’s rankings and scores usually get the most considerable amount of attention, our many other San Antonio sports and athletic programs are widely diverse and also highly competitive. Programs include men’s and women’s basketball, baseball, softball, volleyball, wrestling, rowing, field hockey, golf, lacrosse, men’s and women’s soccer, tennis, cheerleading, swimming, diving, track and field, cross country, water polo, gymnastics, yoga, and even fishing! Students participating in San Antonio-area athletic programs have often appeared in the local and state sports articles and news stories.  Team sports and athletics are offered in our public schools to all students in grades 7-12.

San Antonio public school districts welcome and inspire students to participate in the athletic programs that best match their specific interests. The school districts offer programs and resources to provide an unparalleled variety of options to students. The instructors and coaches are often trained and experienced athletes providing exceptional attention to their student-athletes. All student-athletes are encouraged to explore a variety of activities to decide what best suits their individual passions.

There are various benefits to becoming a student-athlete.  Studies show that students involved in school sports acquire skills that stay with them off the field and throughout their lives. Practice, team interaction, determination, competition, and discipline contribute to students’ development of strong work ethics. They can become leaders and self-motivators.

Student-athletes also tend to have a higher degree of physical fitness.  The National Federation of State High School Associations states that athletes are less likely to be sedentary and overweight. Athletic programs emphasize health and well- being, and their students are less likely to participate in dangerous or risky behavior and experiment with drugs.

Campus Explorer article claims that college applicants have an advantage in the admission process if they have participated in athletics in high school. Colleges consider a student’s overall transcript, which includes test scores, grades, and extracurricular activities.  These records give them an idea of a student’s ability to multitask and his or her general well-roundedness. College applicants can also use their achievements in athletics to attain scholarships and start their athletic careers.

Athletics programs in San Antonio public schools
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Benefits to students involved in sports and athletics:

  • High school students who participate in sports and athletics learn to represent their community on and off the field.
  • A 2007 study in Medicine & Science in Sports and Exercise claims that high school students who are active in sports like football, soccer, and other athletic activities performed 10 percent better in subjects like language arts, science, math, and social studies.
  • Being part of a sports team teaches students the significance of the three Ps… practice, patience, and persistence, which are lessons they can use throughout their lives.
  • Physical activities in athletic programs are an extension of a solid educational program. Student-athletes tend to have better attendance records, higher grade-point averages, lower dropout rates, and fewer discipline problems than other students.