Every year I get some kid in one of my classes who tells me that he doesn’t need to do well in my class or any other because he’s an athlete – “I’ve got skills!”
A study of numbers provided by the National High School Federation and the NCAA shows that the participants in boys wrestling have the longest odds of earning an athletic scholarship. Boys soccer is a close second.
In those two sports, the number of Division I scholarships offered in a given year accounts for less than half a percent of high school participants.
The sport with the highest percentage of high school participants earning at least a partial athletic scholarship is girls golf at 1.6 percent.
Football ranks second, with 1.4 percent of its high school participants in a given year earning a scholarship at a Division I university.
“We stress to parents and students everywhere that you should participate in athletics for the values and benefits that sports can give, not because you want a scholarship,” said Kevin Lennon, the NCAA’s vice president of membership services.
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