There are many similarities and differences in between high school and college sports but the most significant ones are related to sports program funding and the opportunities for the students to become involved in the sports. For example: most if not all high school sports are funded somewhat by the school but mostly from the players raising funds through events that happen off field like car washes and bake sales. While college sports are funded by the large tutu ions paid by the college students and endowments from alumni and others who bequeath monies for specific sports. Another difference is that anyone can try for a high school slot while colleges go to highchools and look for the best players and give them full scholarships to go to their college. In other words the selection process is very different between the schools. Typically in high schools sports participation and education is balanced but in college it has been found through studies that the students spend much more time on their participation and practice in their chosen sport than on their academics. The gpa’s are much more forgiving in college as opposed to high school as well while most in high school have to maintain a certain gpa above 3.0 those who are gifted athletes in college can get away with much less.
I believe that there should be more accountability from the teachers not more tax payer funding. Charter schools and private schools have excellent sports programs and also have higher standards for their students. While there is no easy answer sports in schools build character, responsibility and leadership skills that otherwise would not be taught.
Coakley, J. (2009). Sports in society: Issues and controversies. New York: McGraw-Hill.