High School Sports Participation
Tops 7.6 Million, Sets Record
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Bruce Howard or John Gillis
INDIANAPOLIS, IN (September 8, 2010) — Participation in high school sports increased for the 21stconsecutive school year in 2009-10, eclipsing the 7.6 million mark for the first time.
Based on figures from the 50 state high school athletic/activity associations, plus the District of Columbia, that are members of the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS), participation for the 2009-10 school year reached a record-breaking total of 7,628,377 participants, according to the 2009-10 High School Athletics Participation Survey conducted by the NFHS.
Boys and girls participation figures also reached respective all-time highs with 4,455,740 boys and 3,172,637 girls participating in 2009-10. Boys participation increased by 33,078 this year, while the girls figure increased by 58,546.