Does Sports Keep Kids Out of Trouble?

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A. A U.S. Department of Health and Human Services study found that students who did not participate in athletics were 57% more likely to have dropped out of high school by their senior year, 49% more likely to have used drugs, 37% more likely to have become teen parents, 35% more likely to have smoked cigarettes, and 27% more likely to have been arrested.

B. I am convinced that playing sports is one the most effective ways of keeping teens out of trouble and help guide them to a better future.

C. I started playing sports when I was 5 years old. It has taught me valuable lessons and helped me grow as a person. I know for certain that sports helps to keep teens occupied and less likely to get in
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1. First piece of evidence that supports Argument #2

i. In the article “ The Impact of Sports on Adolescent Development” published in Forum on Public Policy in 2013, D.C Jack conducted a study that found ii. The effects of sports on teenagers who have low-esteem indicated that such teens tend to learn important life lessons that enable them to form constructive friendships and improve their self-image. iii. From this we can see that participating in sports helps to build self- esteem which builds self-confidence. 2. Second piece of evidence that supports Argument #2 i. In the article “Do Sports Help Improve Leadership Skills?” published in Livestrong in 2013, T. Duggan stated that ii. By participating in sports, teens can learn to communicate effectively with their fellows especially when an instant decision is required. iii. Through sports, teens learn how to make a quick observation, process the information and make correct decisions quickly. Learning to make quick decisions builds quality leadership skills.
Those opposing school sports argue that sports take up valuable time needed for studying and academics. 1. First piece of evidence that refutes the opposing argument. i. The article “The Smartest Kids in the World” written by Amanda Ripley states that ii. The importance of sports is getting in the way of a student’s education. iii. This article focuses on the amount of time spent
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