Through participation in high school athletics and co-curricular activities, students are able to build self-confidence, self-discipline, and develop skills to handle competitive situations. Athletics and co-curricular activities help with intellectual development and emotional, social, and cultural growth.


Understanding the difficulties and lack of athletics and co-curricular activities in urban high schools lead to understanding some of the shortcomings in academics of students. The reality is that students in urban high schools face many dilemmas that play a factor in their academic success.


Is there really a relationship between participating in athletics and co-curricular activities and academic achievement in urban high schools?

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