Sports and Performance Programs: Support for the Social Emotional Wellness of Students

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Sports and performance programs play a vital role in the development of students through lessons in good citizenship, collaboration, communication skills, and how to work with diverse groups of individuals. With the budget shortfalls and the financial implications for the coming year due to COVID-19, these important programs are sometimes the first to be eliminated. By cutting these programs, school districts risk an impact on the social wellbeing of students. This webinar will discuss the financial implications of sustaining these types of activities, and the important education-based role these programs provide to students. Hear leaders from North Branch Areas PS IDS 138, the Institute to Promote Athlete Health & Wellness – the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, National Federation of State High School Associations, Virginia High School League, and NASBA Center for Safe Schools.

Learning Objectives:

Objective 1: Recognize how sports and performance programs are co-curricular, part of curriculum and content educating students.

Objective 2: Understand financial implications, budget, or cost, of sustaining these programs in school districts.

Objective 3: Identify the roles of sports and performance programs in social-emotional learning and advocacy skills to help students promote social justice skills in their community.


Sara Paul, SFO, Superintendent of Schools, North Branch Area PS ISD 138, North Branch, MN
David Wyrick, Ph.D., Director of the Institute to Promote Athlete Health & Wellness/Associate Professor of Public Health Education and Faculty Athletics Representative - the University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Karissa Niehoff, Ph.D., Executive Director, National Federation of State High School Associations
Dr. John “Billy” Haun, Ed.D, Executive Director, Virginia High School League
Adam Lustig, Director, NSBA Center for Safe Schools (CSS)

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SFO Domain(s):

Management of School Facilities

Budget Planning, Financial Planning and Analysis



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