Not Many Move On To The Next Level
Scholastic sports can teach student-athletes valuable lessons they take with them for a lifetime, all the while engaging them in the thrill of competition. High school studentathletes may aspire to continue their playing careers in college, but data from the National Collegiate Athletic Association indicates only a small fraction of young people will get that chance.
The NCAA reports that roughly eight million students currently participate in high school sports in the United States, while less than half a million athletes compete at the collegiate level.
Football is among the most popular sports at both the high school and college level. Though more than one million student-athletes compete in high school football, data from the NCAA 2018-19 Sports Sponsorship and Participation Rates Report indicates that just a little more than 73,000 played college football during that school year.