When conducting my research it was very easy to see just how big of an impact sports has on middle school youth. Not all children are raised the same. Come from very loving homes while unfortunately some others do not. Some kids have both parents in their lives, some only have one, some may have neither. This is why sports and sports coaches play such a big role in their athletes’ lives. Through sports they can develop social skills, positive self-esteem, behavior skills, and improve their academics. To help prove this, I have evaluated several different research methods to help back up my discoveries. Several of the methods used various types of questionnaires to gather their results. Their results confirmed that middle school aged youth who participate in sports all gain these four important qualities that will help them in their present and future.
Keywords: social skills, positive self-esteem, behavior skills, academics
Year Manuscript Completed
Senior Project Advisor
Ms. Alison Epperson
Bachelor of Integrated Studies Degree
Field of Study
Buchanan, Leroy, "The Impact Sports Have On Youth Development" (2019). Integrated Studies. 209.