High School Sports: Lifetime Earnings for High School Athletes Higher Than Non-Participants

A recent article on the website business2community.com by CoachUp sparked my interest. With a title like Youth Sports Participation Translates to Higher Income, how could it not? The whole idea that being a high school athlete increases one’s chances of bringing in more income throughout one’s life (as an outcome of this participation) is certainly an added bonus to all the positives youth sports participation can bring to one’s table, at least if the right perspective is part of that process.

A couple of things I found most interesting was that the study referenced in the piece found:

  • “high school athletes completed education levels 25 to 35 percent higher than their non-athlete classmates.”
  • “student athletes also have higher earning potential later in life (12 to 31 percent higher wages than their colleagues who were not active in sports).”
  • “After analyzing IQ tests and standardized testing scores they concluded that, when you take two children with the same IQ score and intellectual level, if one child was put into a sports program they could expect him/her to do better in the long run [6% financially] than the child who wasn’t involved in athletics.”

From my perspective, I would think that all the intrinsic components I write about (the ones I support and encourage in Becoming a True Champion) are a big part of the reason behind the financial successes indicated by the study in CoachUp’s piece. In fact, the only problem I see with the article is that the data used to support the conclusions given is a little dated, it’s from the 1970’s and is specific only to American males.

A lot has changed in the workforce since then, that’s for sure. Not only has our economy had some major shifts, both up and down, but there are far more women making up the workforce than there were in the seventies.

I would like to see another, more current study done that is more inclusive and a better representation of our current workforce and economic standing and see where the numbers fall. I would think, or hope, that the data would hold up over time.

What do you think?

Anyone else have more current references on this?

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