HS Sports Participation Dips for First Time in 30 Years

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A survey conducted by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) found that total participation in high school sports has declined for the first time in three decades. 

In a press release announcing the survey results, the NFHS said that the total number of participants in high school athletics in 2018-19 was 7,937,491 — down from a record high the year before, when 7,980,886 high school students participated in sports.

Though the reported participation number was still among the top three the survey ever recorded, the decline was the first since the 1988-89 school year. 

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