Students, Sports and Academic Achievement: A Feasibility Project for Establishing an After-School Athletic Program at One Middle School

The project presents a model for establishing an after-school sports program at one middle school. The proposal identifies components of the program; provides a handbook for parents and student-athletes that includes positive program features while identifying some potential risks; and provides administrative forms to proceed with implementation. The project also compiles responsibilities and job description for team coaches. This project considers recent research linking physical activity and sports as positive influences on student academic achievement in an era of educational reform and transition that emphasizes the urgent importance of increasing student college and career readiness attributes (Common Core State Standards). The project presents a unique feature: the Academic Mentoring Program to ensure support for all participants, and especially for supporting student-athletes bringing cultural diversity into the sports.