Should participation in sports be required to graduate?

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Sports can be a good thing. They are good for the cardiovascular system, keeping the human body in shape, and many other things. However, should students be required to participate in them in order to receive a high school diploma? Sports should be required for various reasons such as fitness, getting involved, and responsibility.

First of all, sports should be required because of fitness. As we all know, obesity thrives among the younger generation these days. If the participation in sports were required to graduate, students would have no choice but to work out and maintain some kind of fitness. It will create good work out habits for students at a young age that they can carry with them throughout college and beyond. It will help stop obesity at a young age so that we do not have as many diabetic and other health problems down the road.

Another good reason sports should be required is for getting involved in your school. Colleges are always looking for students who are very involved in their school. What better way to get involved than to play sports? Also, you can meet new people and make new friends on your sports team. Not only will you be getting in shape, you will be meeting people and making friends too.

Finally, a good reason for sports being required is to help with responsibility. As a teenager on the verge of being a grown up, responsibility will be a must. In the real world, responsibility is desperately needed. Without it, you won't get very far. By playing sports, you will gain the responsibility skills you need. You will have to learn to juggle your school work, hobbies, social life, and your sport all at once. You will learn the concept of time and what your priorities really are. When students go to college, time becomes a very precious thing, but by gaining responsibility skills early, you should have no problem.

Sports are a great thing and participation in them should be required in order to graduate. By doing this, you should be able to get involved, learn responsibilty skills, and get in shape for the future ahead.