Athletic engagement supports physical growth via promotion of healthy bone, joint, and muscle tissue synthesis and stability. Athletics are also linked to reducing physiological detriments associated with sedentary lives, such as high blood pressure and obesity. Furthermore, a correlation has been found between regular exercise and mental health among students in general as they move into the teenage years.
Camp offers abstract ways to learn and grow outside the classroom– not many schools can offer these sorts of specialized classes. Campers can focus on mastering a range of skills, both tangible and intangible, which will all be utilized at some point in their futures.
Sports are probably the most popular high school activity. Not only are they very mainstream and very accessible, but I believe there is a sport out there for everyone.
Sport is good, healthy, and a catalyst for human connection, social participation, identity construction and an opportunity to move up the social ladder – at least for some.
With your back against the wall shouldn’t you look for the most interesting and strategically impressive way out? Using alternative sports in this undermanning way is that tool. Use it.