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Promoting Education through Athletics
Basketball as a Hook
Basketball functions in part as a hook to engage Chattanooga Elite student-athletes in all of our programs. Many kids are particularly excited about basketball at Chattanooga Elite, but, in order to enjoy time on the court, they need to perform in the classroom and participate in our educational & leadership programs.
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Basketball as a Positive Force for Education
Another reason that Chattanooga Elite emphasizes basketball so heavily is that research suggests that participation in sports helps children to succeed in school. A longitudinal study of over 20,000 students conducted by Team-Up for Youth found that athletes have higher grades, loftier educational goals and fewer discipline problems than non-athletes. A separate study found that, in a sample of over 14,000 high school students, student-athletes were 1.7 times less likely to drop-out than non-athletes. Finally, numerous studies have identified a strong link between student participation in athletics and matriculation to and subsequent graduation from college. The trend is also present at the college level where the NCAA reports that the graduation rates of student-athletes surpass that of the student body.
Transforming the Youth Basketball
While the positive association between sports participation and educational achievement applies to all sports, Chattanooga Elite focuses on basketball in particular in part because of the detrimental approach to youth basketball in many communities. Youth basketball is dominated by the “pro sports or bust” or “DI or bust” mentality that often undermines student athletes’ academic, emotional and personal development and limits their sense of possibilities beyond the fame & fortune associated with sports. This is highlighted in the college graduation rates of NCAA Division I Men’s basketball players where only 47% of graduate compared to 63% of the student body. By creating an environment that combines basketball, education, and leadership development, Chattanooga Elite is seeking to foster a mindset of using basketball as a segue to educational achievement versus the notoriety of professional sports. Chattanooga Elite accomplishes all this while exposing student-athletes to ALL educational options available to student-athletes, not just Division I.