The number of participants in high school sports increased for the 25th consecutive year in 2013-14 with a record total of almost 7.8 million, according to the annual High School Athletics Participation Survey conducted by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS). The most surprising statistic, however, is the increase in participation numbers for football, which previously had been on the decline.
Based on figures from the 51 NFHS member state high school associations, which includes the District of Columbia, sports participation for the 2013-14 school year reached an all-time high of 7,795,658 - an increase of 82,081 from the previous year. This one-year increase was the highest since 2009-10.Read more...
GameDay Recycling Challenge invites colleges and universities across the nation to compete to see which school will produce the least amount of waste in their stadiums and tailgate areas this college football season. Participating schools identify one or more games to report the amount of material diverted through recycling, composting and via food donations versus the amount thrown away. Registered competitors represent 15 athletic conferences, including the Big Ten, Big 12 and The Ivy League. Colleges and universities are invited to accept the Challenge by registering on GameDayChallenge.org by Sept. 30.
Winners for each athletic conference will be recognized, with five different categories per conference. National winners will be recognized in two categories:
1) total amount recycled, composted and donated; and
2) diversion rate - or the percentage of waste diverted from the landfill.